Brazil police search Rio de Janeiro governor's residences in corruption probe

  26 May 2020    Read: 779
Brazil police search Rio de Janeiro governor

Brazil police on Tuesday carried out search and seizure warrants at residences of Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel as part of a corruption probe, according to two sources and a statement.

The Brazilian federal police said they were investigating corruption involving the use of public money destined to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro state, without mentioning who the targets are.

Reuters was unable to reach the governor for immediate comment.

Police are serving 12 search and seizure warrants, the police statement said. Thanks.

The sources said the probe is looking into alleged irregularities related to hospitals set up to treat patients with the COVID-19 respiratory disease.

The police raided the Palácio Laranjeiras, the governor’s official residence, and his personal home in the neighborhood of Grajaú.

The search and seizure warrants were issued by the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), Brazil’s second highest court.

No arrest warrants have been issued, according to a federal police source.

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