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Ex Lula minister son arrested for bribes in construction of giant dam

Thursday, September 12th 2019 - 11:00 UTC
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Marcio Lobao, the son of former Workers Party senator and energy minister Edison Lobao, had already been publicly targeted by police in 2017 Marcio Lobao, the son of former Workers Party senator and energy minister Edison Lobao, had already been publicly targeted by police in 2017

Brazilian authorities arrested a former energy minister’s son on Tuesday for allegedly receiving 50 million reais in bribes (US$ 12 million) together with his father, involving the construction of a giant dam.

Marcio Lobao, the son of former Workers Party senator and energy minister Edison Lobao, had already been publicly targeted by police in 2017 for the case related to the Belo Monte dam, as part of a sweeping anticorruption probe known as “Car Wash.”

Prosecutors also allege that Edison Lobao received bribes but did not arrest him.

Prosecutors said they were investigating corruption amounting to 1 billion reais in more than 40 contracts linked to the construction of the Belo Monte dam, one of the world’s largest and located in the northern state of Para.

The former minister and his son allegedly received bribes from construction giant Odebrecht and Grupo Estre between 2008 and 2014, authorities said in a statement, adding that Marcio Lobao would have led a money laundering operation and that the scheme included buying and selling artwork at inflated prices.

Brazil’s “Car Wash” operation has aggressively targeted huge corruption schemes in recent years, but has also been tarnished by allegations of political meddling.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Brasileiro

    Mr. Edison Lobão or his son never belonged to the PT - Workers Party. They are part of PMDB.

    Sep 12th, 2019 - 02:21 pm +1
  • :o))

    ALL politicians are wolves in sheep's clothing.

    And to make it worse,

    - their number is absurdly large
    - their salaries+perquisites are absurdly huge+unrealistic
    - the legal privileges+protection for them encourage corruption
    - from their point of view, it's absurd not to steal public funds
    - the masses do not really care if the politicians are crooks!

    Sep 13th, 2019 - 01:09 am 0
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