Brazil police conduct new round of raids linked to Petrobras probe

Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Pedro Fonseca – Reuters, 11/16/2015

Brazil’s Federal Police on Monday began a new round of arrests and search and seizure operations in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia related to a corruption probe involving state-controlled oil producer Petróleo Brasileiro SA, police said.

In a statement, the police said officers were making 11 search and seizure orders and looking to arrest two people as part of the 20th round of the so-called “Operation Car Wash” investigation. Another five people are also being searched and will be taken to court in Curitiba, in southern Brazil, where they will be questioned, the statement said.

The seven people are former officials at the company, known as Petrobras, and are under investigation over alleged graft related to contracts for the company’s Abreu e Lima and Pasadena refineries, the statement said.

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