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Police Investigate Government Leader in Brazil Senate

Police Investigate Government Leader in Brazil Senate

Thursday, 19 September 2019 02:38 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police raided the office of the governing coalition's leader in the Senate, Fernando Bezerra Coelho, on Thursday, part of a wider investigation into a possible kickback scheme.

Investigators said that the personal debts of several officials, including those related to election campaigns, had been paid off by companies that had been awarded public construction contracts.

Police said Brazil's Supreme Federal Court had signed off on 52 search warrants in raids involving more than 200 police officers.

Bezerra Coelho's attorney André Callegari said he had not seen the full accusations yet, but that Bezerra Coelho will "obviously deny" any involvement.

Callegari said the investigation also covered the senator's son, also a federal lawmaker.

He called the search "unnecessary" since the investigation targeted events prior to his current role in Congress.

Thursday's operation is the result of an investigation launched in 2017, federal police said, predating the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office on Jan. 1

Authorities are looking into illegal activities allegedly carried out when Bezerra Coelho was a minister in the Cabinet of former President Dilma Rousseff.

His party later dropped its backing for Rousseff and Bezerra Coelho has allied himself with Bolsonaro.

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