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Brazil’s top prosecutor broadens political corruption probe

Brazil's Attorney General Rodrigo Janot looks on during news conference after a forum titled
Brazil’s Attorney General Rodrigo Janot looks on during news conference in Brasilia, Brazil November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s top public prosecutor dramatically expanded a corruption probe into the country’s political establishment on Tuesday, asking the Supreme Court to open 83 new investigations into politicians named in explosive plea bargain testimony.

Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot also requested that the Supreme Court send 211 other requests to lower courts based on much-anticipated testimony by executives of engineering group Odebrecht implicated in Brazil’s biggest-ever graft scandal.

Under Brazilian law, cabinet ministers, federal senators and lower house lawmakers can only be tried in the Supreme Court, where cases can take years to come to trial.

A source told Reuters last week that Janot’s political targets in the massive graft probe include two ministers in President Michel Temer’s cabinet, raising…

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