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Former Brazil Minister Palocci Offers Details of Bribery Scheme

FILE - Antonio Palocci, center, former finance minister, is escorted by federal police officers as he leaves the Institute of Forensic Science in Curitiba, Brazil, Sept. 26, 2016.
FILE – Antonio Palocci, center, former finance minister, is escorted by federal police officers as he leaves the Institute of Forensic Science in Curitiba, Brazil, Sept. 26, 2016.

SAO PAULO —

Former Brazilian Finance Minister Antonio Palocci told a court hearing Thursday that he could provide details of a political kickback scheme, which could threaten former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s chances of running in the 2018 election.

In the video of the hearing released Thursday, Palocci made the offer directly to Judge Sergio Moro, who has overseen a sweeping three-year-old corruption investigation, known as Operation Car Wash, that has upturned Brazilian politics.

“I could immediately present all the facts, with names, addresses and operations carried out, things that will certainly be of interest to Car Wash,” Palocci said in the video of the hearing.

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