Fresh corruption allegations rock Brazil cabinet

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Brazil has been rocked by dramatic new corruption allegations after a judge ordered investigations into eight cabinet ministers and scores of members of parliament.

The list includes President Michel Temer‘s chief of staff, Rio De Janeiro‘s Mayor during the Olympics and at least four former presidents.

They were named by employees of construction firm Odebrecht, which has admitted paying $1bn in bribes.

It is part of a three-year probe into graft at state oil company Petrobras.

All 108 people named on the list released by Supreme Court Judge Edson Fachin are suspected of involvement in a massive bribery and embezzlement operation that took money out of Petrobras and funnelled it into politicians’ pockets and political party slush funds.

Foreign minister Aloysio Nunes and agriculture minister Blairo Maggi are also under investigation, as well as the heads of both houses of Brazil’s congress and former presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff and Fernando Collor de Mello.

The names also include a number of potential presidential candidates for elections in 2018, including Aecio Neves and former Foreign Minister Jose Serra.

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