• Brazil speaker, ex-president charged in Petrobras corruption

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    BRASÍLIA: Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday (Friday in Manila) lodged corruption charges against the speaker of the lower house – a key figure in the country’s current political crisis – and also against a former president. Eduardo Cunha, speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, was alleged to have taken at least $5 million in bribes as part of a sprawling corruption network centered on state oil company Petrobras. Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot alleged that Cunha received payoffs relating to contracts to build two survey vessels for Petrobras. Fernando Collor de Mello, a former president who left office in 1992 in another corruption scandal before returning to politics as a senator, was also charged in connection with the Petrobras scheme.

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