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Police raid to fight corruption in Brazil

08-10-2011 16:02 BJT

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Police have arrested Brazil's deputy tourism minister in a corruption sweep tied to funding for major sports events, as the country prepares to host the soccer World Cup and Olympics.

Local police say, Deputy minister Frederico Costa is among 33 tourism ministry officials and entrepreneurs arrested in the operation. The police believe millions of US dollars in public funds have been embezzled.

It will charge those arrested with fraud, embezzlement and identity theft. Tourism Minister Pedro Novais Lima was called to the presidential palace to give explanations but will remain in office for now.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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