Cunha spearheaded impeachment proceedings against former President Rousseff
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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