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Charges likely for key figures in Petrobras scandal

Brazilian former chief-of-staff (2003-2005), Jose Dirceu, gestures during a hearing of the parliamentary committee of the Petrobras investigation in the Federal Justice court, in Curitiba on August 31, 2015Brasília (AFP) – Evidence gathered against two leading members of Brazil’s ruling Workers Party in the Petrobras graft scandal is sufficient for them to face criminal charges, police said Tuesday. Prosecutors now must review the evidence against Jose Dirceu and Joao Vaccari and decide on charges against them and 12 others, police sources said. Prosecutors suspect Dirceu, a former cabinet chief under ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010) and a cofounder of the leftist party known as PT, of having masterminded the operation.

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