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Ex-top minister of Lula and Rousseff arrested; Senator Gleisi Hoffmann house raided

Friday, June 24th 2016 - 12:02 UTC
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Paulo Bernardo was wanted in connection with the paying of US$30 million worth of bribes to public officials, it said. Paulo Bernardo was wanted in connection with the paying of US$30 million worth of bribes to public officials, it said.
“Today it was proven that investigations will continue no matter where they are,” prosecutor Andrey Mendonca said. “Today it was proven that investigations will continue no matter where they are,” prosecutor Andrey Mendonca said.
The house of Senator Gleisi Hoffmann, Bernardo's wife and another longtime senior official from the Workers Party, was also raided, as part of the investigations The house of Senator Gleisi Hoffmann, Bernardo's wife and another longtime senior official from the Workers Party, was also raided, as part of the investigations

A top ex-minister of Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff became the latest official to get arrested in a sprawling corruption probe on Thursday, authorities said. Police also searched the headquarters of Rousseff's Workers Party in Sao Paulo in one of a series of raids across five states in the country.

 In the capital Brasilia, they arrested Paulo Bernardo, Rousseff's former communications minister, the state prosecution service said in a statement.

He was wanted in connection with the paying of US$30 million worth of bribes to public officials, it said.

Investigators also said that Bernardo received more than 7 million reais (US$2.5 million) in kickbacks. The Workers Party also benefited from the scheme, police said at a news conference.

Bernardo was also planning minister under Rousseff's predecessor Lula da Silva.

The raids were part of a probe into corruption at state oil firm Petrobras involving kickbacks which has netted numerous officials.

The operation in Sao Paulo, instead of Curitiba - where most of the recent anti-graft crusade has taken place, showed the fight spreading as police and prosecutors learn from Curitiba's successful methods, investigators said.

“Today it was proven that investigations will continue no matter where they are,” prosecutor Andrey Mendonca said.

The house of Senator Gleisi Hoffmann, Bernardo's wife and another longtime senior official from the Workers Party, was also raided, as part of the investigations, and former social security minister Carlos Gabas was detained for questioning.

Rousseff was suspended last month to face an impeachment trial over separate allegations of fiddling government accounts. She was replaced pending her trial by vice-president Michel Temer. Three of his ministers have since stepped down over corruption allegations.

The Senate is expected to make a final decision on whether to impeach Rousseff in mid-August, during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In the capital Brasilia, they arrested Paulo Bernardo, Rousseff's former communications minister, the state prosecution service said in a statement.

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  • Jack Bauer

    As time goes on, the house of cards is toppling faster and faster.....soon they'll reach the 9-fingered toad.

    Jun 25th, 2016 - 02:46 pm 0
  • :o))

    It's time to publish the news ONLY about those politicians/officials who are NOT arrested! THAT will be the “news”!

    Jun 29th, 2016 - 12:53 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Then there won't be much to publish......to me, 99,9 % of the politicians are corrupt, but if not all are arrested, is just because they managed to cover their tracks more efficiently...

    Jul 01st, 2016 - 12:11 am 0
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