Brazilian governor allegedly woven into corruption net

14:29, December 01, 2009      

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Brazilian Federal District Governor Jose Roberto Arruda and some other senior officials were accused of being involved in a complex net of corruption, local media said Monday.

Besides Arruda, vice-governor Paulo Octavio, some government advisors and entrepreneurs were also being investigated by Brazilian federal police in an operation named "Pandora's box."

The charges included evidence of frequent and regular payment of bribes by entrepreneurs to officials since 2002.

The bribery was believed to involve at least 600,000 reais (about 340,000 U.S. dollars).

One video showed Arruda appeared to be taking bribes from his adviser Durval Barbosa.

The Brazilian Lawyers Organization (OAB) has decided to impeach Arruda.

The Federal District is set apart for the Brazilian capital Brasilia. Located in a region called Central Plateau, the Federal District is divided into 19 administrative regions.

Source: Xinhua
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