• Brazilian lawmaker’s Swiss accounts blocked in corruption probe

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    BRASÍLIA: Swiss authorities have blocked bank accounts of the speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress as part of a money-laundering and corruption investigation, Brazilian prosecutors announced late Wednesday. The Brazilians said their Swiss counterparts had turned over evidence gathered in Switzerland against Eduardo Cunha. Cunha, one of Brazil’s most powerful politicians, was charged in August with taking at least $5 million in bribes stemming from a massive graft and kickback scandal at state oil giant Petrobras. Cunha was accused of receiving payoffs relating to contracts to build two drilling vessels for Petrobras.

    AFP

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