Spe­cial aide to Brazil’s Te­mer ar­rested for cor­rup­tion

Cape Breton Post - - News -

A spe­cial aide to em­bat­tled Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer was ar­rested on Tues­day in con­nec­tion with a fraud scheme and another aide gave po­lice a bag filled with cash that was al­legedly part of a bribe ap­proved by the leader.

Tadeu Filip­pelli, who had an of­fice neigh­bour­ing Te­mer’s in the pres­i­den­tial palace, was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ren­o­va­tions of the Brasilia soc­cer sta­dium for the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil’s fed­eral po­lice say the con­struc­tion works were over­priced by more than $260 mil­lion.

Hours af­ter the ar­rest, Te­mer fired Filip­pelli.

In the same op­er­a­tion, two former gov­er­nors of Brazil’s Fed­eral District, which in­cludes cap­i­tal Brasilia, were also ar­rested: Jose Roberto Ar­ruda and Agnelo Queiroz.

Filip­pelli heads the Brasilia branch of Te­mer’s Brazil­ian Demo­cratic Move­ment Party, was vice-gov­er­nor of the Fed­eral District un­der Queiroz and is one of the five spe­cial aides to the pres­i­dent.

Four of those aides now have been linked to cor­rup­tion scan­dals.

Only two re­main in their po­si­tions.

Brazil’s top court has opened in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Te­mer for al­leged ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and in­volve­ment in pas­sive cor­rup­tion. He says he’s in­no­cent and re­jects calls to re­sign.

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