Brazil pres­i­den­tial aide ar­rested over al­leged fraud

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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