Rio de Janeiro — The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando Pezao, was arrested on Thursday over allegations he took bribes as part of the sprawling “Car Wash” graft probe. Pezao, 63, is accused of receiving bribes when he was vice-governor of the Brazilian city under Sergio Cabral, who is in prison after being sentenced to a cumulative 180 years for corruption. The Globo News television channel showed live footage of federal police at Pezao’s residence, where he was having breakfast at the time. “The governor is part of the political nucleus of a criminal organisation that, over the last few years, committed several crimes against the public administration, especially corruption and money laundering,” a general prosecutor’s office statement read. He was transferred to a police headquarters in Rio. The sweeping “Lava Jato” (Car Wash) probe kicked off in 2014, ensnaring politicians from nearly every party in corruption allegations mainly linked to Brazil’s state-owned oil company ...

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