Arrests of senator, bank CEO deepen Brazil graft probe

Senator Delcidio Amaral is the first sitting Brazilian legislator to be arrested in the Petrobas corruption scandalBrasília (AFP) – Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested a senior ruling-party senator and a billionaire investment banker in the intensifying probe of a huge corruption network centered on state oil giant Petrobras. The arrests targeted one of the most important politicians in the country and one of the richest businessmen, dramatically underlining prosecutors’ determination to tear up the old rules that long allowed corruption to flourish in the world’s seventh-biggest economy. Senator Delcidio Amaral, who leads President Dilma Rousseff’s Workers’ Party in the upper house, was the first sitting legislator to be put behind bars in the widening corruption scandal, although others have been charged.

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