February 16, 2017 / 11:29 AM / a year ago

Brazil police target former senator in Belo Monte probe

BRASILIA, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Brazil’s federal police targeted a former senator and the son of another senator in search and seizure operations on Thursday, police said, as part of an investigation into possible bribes paid during the construction of the Belo Monte dam.

Police did not disclose the names of the targets and said the process would remain confidential.

The warrants were issued by Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin based on evidence obtained during the so-called “Car Wash” probe, Brazil’s largest-ever corruption investigation, federal police said in a statement.

The targets could be charged for corruption, money laundering and participation in a criminal organization, as evidence suggested some builders of the massive Amazon hydroelectric dam paid bribes to two political parties through them, police said. (Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Silvio Cascione; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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