In a long awaited legal move, Brazil’s top federal prosecutor on Tuesday delivered a list of 83 political figures, implicated in a sweeping corruption scandal, to the nation’s Supreme Court. Chief Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot said his office has identified 83 politicians and 211 others as participants in a huge bribery and money laundering scheme designed to siphon money from state-run oil company Petrobras. He has asked the Supreme Court to review the list, along with accompanying evidence, ahead of possible indictments. The list will be reviewed by Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin, who will report his findings to the full 11-member court. The names of those implicated by Janot’s list will remain under seal, at least for the time being. News reports have speculated the list could include major congressional leaders and Cabinet members. The latest round in Janot’s investigation is based on depositions taken from 77 executives and former executives at Brazil’s largest building contractor, Odebrecht. The executives have already admitted guilt in the corruption scheme and offered their testimony in exchange for lighter criminal and civil penalties.
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