Brazil prosecutor targets politicians in Petrobras scandal

BBCBrazil’s top prosecutor has asked the Supreme Court to open 83 new investigations into politicians as part of a long-running corruption probe involving state oil giant Petrobras.

The names were mentioned in plea bargain testimony of former executives of construction firm Odebrecht, but have not been made public. It is unclear if they include ministers in President Michel Temer’s government. The Operation Car Wash investigates overpriced contracts at Petrobras.

Supreme Court Judge Edson Fachin, in charge of the case, is due to decide whether he will accept the requests to open the investigations. Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot also asked for the names to be made public, and that the Supreme Court send 211 other requests to lower courts. …

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