Brazil presidential aide arrested over alleged fraud
Temer’s office said in a statement that it would fire Filippelli. Reuters could not immediately reach Filippelli, Arruda and Queiroz or their representatives.
Renovation of the Brasilia stadium for the 2014 World Cup cost about 1.5 billion reais (RM2.06 billion), prosecutors and police said in a statement, and an auditing court has said the construction included rampant overbilling.
It was the second-most expensive football arena in the world after the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium in London, according to the local World Cup committee’s documents on spending.
Suspicions that many of the 12 stadiums built or renovated for the 2014 World Cup were overpriced led to street protests before and during the tournament.
Executives of construction group Odebrecht SA in a plea bargain deal made public last month offered evidence that builders and politicians sought to fix contracts for World Cup arenas in at least six cities.
The evidence provided by Odebrecht corroborated the testimony of three executives of rival construction conglomerate Andrade Gutierrez, prosecutors said in a statement.
Brasilia does not have any football team in the first division of the national league so the 72,800-seat stadium is almost never filled even when games are played there. Reuters