Brazil prosecutor vows to keep Petrobras corruption probe on course

Luciana Magalhaes and Reed Johnson – The Wall Street Journal, 04/26/2016

CURITIBA, Brazil—A member of the prosecutorial team spearheading Brazil’s landmark corruption investigation says he and his colleagues will press forward with the vast criminal probe, despite fears that a new government coalition might try to shut it down.

The future of Operation Car Wash, which uncovered a yearslong embezzlement ring centered on state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, is among the questions raised by the prospect of President Dilma Rousseff being removed from office.

Ms. Rousseff, who was chairwoman of Petrobras during much of the alleged wrongdoing, hasn’t been implicated by prosecutors in the scandal. She faces impeachment on separate charges of violating federal budget laws, allegations that she denies.

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