Brazil corruption probe: Rio state ex-governor Cabral held
18 Nov 2016

Police in Brazil have arrested a former governor of Rio de Janeiro state, Sergio Cabral.

Police said his arrest was connected to an investigation into allegations that the Rio state government embezzled more than $64m (£51m) of federal funds aimed for construction projects.

Federal officers searched his home on Thursday. The probe is part of Brazil’s wider “Car Wash” corruption inquiry.

Bystander shouted “Thief!” as Mr Cabral was taken away for questioning.

He is the most high-profile politician to be arrested in recent months over corruption allegations.

Mr Cabral, from the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), served two terms as governor of Rio state from 2007 to 2014.

Investigators said the directors of two construction companies had incriminated him.

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