• Brazil minister accused of bribe for silence in graft case


    RIO DE JANEIRO: A Brazilian senator charged in a massive corruption investigation centered on state oil company Petrobras has accused a minister in President Dilma Rousseff’s government of trying to buy his silence, prosecutors said Tuesday. The senator, Delcidio Amaral of the ruling Workers’ Party (PT), told investigators in statements given as part of a plea bargain that powerful minister Aloizio Mercadante contacted him via an aide to urge him not to testify. Amaral, the former party leader in the Senate, said the minister told his aide he was conveying the message on behalf of Rousseff herself.



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