Antigraft probe in Brazil puts politicians’ future in limbo
Chief prosecutor may ask the Supreme Court to authorise new inquiries into legislators based on Odebrecht secret testimonies
Brasilia — Brazilian politicians who are worried they could be swept up in the next round of a devastating three-year corruption probe may have to sit tight just a bit longer to find out. Chief prosecutor Rodrigo Janot may ask the Supreme Court to authorise new inquiries into legislators based on secret testimony from executives at construction firm Odebrecht. Some of these businessmen have been convicted of paying bribes and financing political campaigns illegally. Yet the Supreme Court will take time to register, classify and process what local media have dubbed the "end of the world plea bargain" testimony, according to a person with direct knowledge of the court’s workings and who requested anonymity because the issue is not public. At the weekend, the Estado de S Paulo newspaper reported that the seal on the evidence would not be lifted before the end of the month. Some of the most powerful politicians have been on edge as part of the testimony leaked to the media, revealing al...