Rio mayor fac­ing probe over Olympics pay­ments

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

RIO DE JANEIRO | For­mer Rio de Janeiro Mayor Ed­uardo Paes, the mov­ing force be­hind or­ga­niz­ing last year’s Olympics, is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for al­legedly ac­cept­ing at least $5 mil­lion in pay­ments to fa­cil­i­tate con­struc­tion projects tied to the games.

Mr. Paes is one of dozens of top politi­cians im­pli­cated in a sweep­ing ju­di­cial cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion in which con­struc­tion gi­ant Ode­brecht il­le­gally paid bil­lions of dol­lars to help win con­tracts. In a state­ment Wed­nes­day from his spokes­woman, Tereza Fayal, the for­mer mayor strongly de­nied the al­le­ga­tions made in sev­eral plea bar­gains signed by for­mer and present Ode­brecht em­ploy­ees, call­ing the ac­cu­sa­tions “ab­surd and un­truth­ful.”

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