Brazil prosecutor plans to investigate ministers, senators for graft

Article originally appeared in ReutersBRASILIA/SAO PAULO, March 5 (Reuters) – Brazil’s top prosecutor will seek authorization from the Supreme Court as soon as this week to investigate senior ministers in President Michel Temer’s Cabinet and senators from his PMDB party for corruption, a source familiar with the situation said on Sunday.

Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported on Sunday that the request by Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot will include Presidential Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha and Wellington Moreira Franco, the minister in charge of a major infrastructure and privatization program.

According to the paper, Janot is also considering whether to include Temer himself in the request.

The source confirmed the thrust of the Folha report but did not name the ministers and senators involved in the request, which is based on recent plea bargain deals by 77 employees of Brazil’s largest construction group Odebrecht S.A.

The source, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said prosecutors will also ask the Supreme Court to make public the content of the executives’ depositions, which are under seal. …

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