Brazil police sweep targets Odebrecht, Rousseff campaign chief

Caroline Stauffer and Pedro Fonseca – Reuters, 02/22/2016

Federal investigators on Monday launched a round of arrests and raids targeting the manager of President Dilma Rousseff’s election campaigns and Brazil’s largest engineering group in the latest stage of the nation’s biggest corruption probe.

Prosecutors said in a statement they were also looking into possible bribes paid off contracts signed by state-run oil company Petrobras and shipbuilder Sete Brasil with Keppel Fels, the Brazil unit of Singapore’s oil rig builder Keppel Corporation Ltd.

The statement said Jõao Santana, Rousseff’s campaign manager, was suspected of receiving bribes in offshore accounts. TV station O Globo said he was currently out of the country. Santana and his lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

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