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Petrobras: Brazil judge Teori Zavascki dies in plane crash

Teori Zavascki, 2 March 2016 Image copyright EPA

A plane carrying a prominent Brazilian Supreme Court judge has died in a plane crash off Rio de Janeiro.

Teori Zavascki was overseeing a massive corruption investigation related to the state oil company, Petrobras.

The scandal has rocked the country and led to mass street protests.

Dozens of politicians and some of Brazil’s wealthiest businessmen have been arrested as part of the inquiry, known as Operation Car Wash, over the past two years.

They include former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The political crisis triggered by the Petrobras investigation eventually led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in September.

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Ms Rousseff was not directly implicated in the scandal and was dismissed for allegedly tampering with the budget.

But many politicians close to the governing coalition were arrested and charged for taking bribes from Petrobras.

Prosecutors say they were paid vast amounts in exchange for granting lucrative contracts to private companies that had overcharged Petrobras.


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