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Brazil: Supreme Court authorizes major bid-rigging investigation

 |  April 12, 2017

Brazil’s Supreme Court has authorized investigations of dozens of top politicians and government officials for alleged corruption related to the sprawling Operation Car Wash probe, delivering a major blow to President Michel Temer as he struggles to get economic reforms approved.

Justice Edson Fachin, who is overseeing cases in Brazil’s high court related to the Car Wash probe, has given permission for prosecutors to open investigations of at least eight cabinet ministers, the leaders of both houses of Congress, and more than 20 senators and federal deputies, according to a document from the court released on Tuesday.

The investigation involves a bid-rigging and bribery scheme at state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras, and has resulted in numerous convictions of business and political leaders.

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