Brazilian Federal Police on Wednesday arrested the Senate majority leader, a prominent banker and two other persons on charges of obstruction of justice in a spreading corruption scandal. The arrests were based on a writ from the Brazilian Supreme Court, which must pass on any legal actions taken against sitting members of Congress. Police arrested Senator Delcídio Amaral, leader of the ruling PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores) in the upper chamber of Congress, and André Esteves, president of investment bank BTG Pactual, along with two others. The four are charged with obstruction of justice in a police investigation into bribery, influence-peddling and money laundering at state-run energy company Petrobras. The police action comes one day after arrest of José Carlos Bumlai, an agribusiness executive and close friend of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, on charges of bribery and fraud in a related investigation.
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