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Rio de Janeiro governor arrested on corruption charges: Media

AFP  |  Rio De Janeiro 

The of de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando Pezao, was arrested Thursday over allegations he received bribes as part of the sprawling "Car Wash" graft probe, according to Brazilian media.

television channel showed live footage of federal police at the residence of the governor, who was having breakfast at the time and remains in his home in custody.

Pezao is accused of taking bribes when he was under Sergio Cabral, who is currently in prison after being sentenced to a cumulative 180 years for corruption.

The police also raided the Guanabara Palace, headquarters of de Janeiro's government, searching for documents.

The issued the arrest warrant based on the confession of Carlos Miranda, a former Cabral associate, who cooperated in exchange for a sentence reduction.

According to Miranda's testimony Pezao would have received a monthly payment of 150,000 reais (USD 40,000) as well as end-of-the-year bonuses of up to one million reais.

The money would have been paid by companies and intermediaries bound by contracts with the de Janeiro government during a period from 2007 to 2014.

The state of is on the verge of bankruptcy and plagued by insecurity.

was elected in October to govern the state and is set to take office January 1.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 16:50 IST
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