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Brazil’s Former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha Arrested in Corruption Investigation

Cunha spearheaded impeachment proceedings against former President Rousseff   Former Brazil speaker arrested on charges of corruptionFormer Brazil speaker arrested on charges of corruption

São Paulo, Oct.20.─ Eduardo Cunha, Brazil’s former House speaker who spearheaded the impeachment proceedings that toppled former President Dilma Rousseff, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a sprawling corruption scandal centered on the nation’s state-run oil company.

Mr. Cunha, 58 years old, was indicted earlier this year on charges of corruption and money laundering. Prosecutors alleged that he pocketed millions in bribes from a company seeking contracts with oil firm Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.

Federal police in Brasília detained Mr. Cunha on Wednesday afternoon and quickly transported him to a jail in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba, where the so-called Operation Car Wash bid-rigging-and-bribery probe is based.

Prosecutors said in a statement that Mr. Cunha is being held pending trial because he is a potential flight risk; he possesses dual Italian and Brazilian citizenship ...

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