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After the coup, Brazil begins arrests of top Politicians


The political situation in Brazil is turbulent. According to reports, many politicians will be arrested due to the charges of corruption.

Brazil’s top prosecutor has asked the country’s highest court to arrest senior political allies of acting President Michel Temer for allegedly obstructing a corruption probe into state oil company Petrobras, a leading media outlet reported on Tuesday.

The case is based on audio recordings in which the politicians allegedly discuss legislation that would limit the impact of the ongoing Petrobras investigation.

That probe has already ensnared many of their colleagues across the ideological spectrum.

Senate President Renan Calheiros is one of several reportedly being sought by prosecutor Rodrigo Janot. He called the request “disproportional and abusive” in a statement.

The O Globo daily reported that Janot also requested the arrests of former President Jose Sarney, lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha and Sen.

Romero Juca, who was briefly planning minister for interim President Michel Temer. The newspaper said all three denied obstructing the investigation.

The attorney general’s office declined comment.

A decision on the arrests will be made by Supreme Federal Tribunal Justice Teori Zavascki. Only the high court can decide to arrest or try federal lawmakers.

(Sandiegouniontribune.com, Ap.org)

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