Brazilian Federal Police on Wednesday arrested former Chamber of Deputies Speaker Eduardo Cunha and ordered banks to freeze some R$220 million in his accounts. The arrest warrant was issued by Federal Judge Sérgio Moro as part of a sweeping investigation into official corruption. Moro issued the arrest warrant because he considered Cunha to be “a flight risk.” He also cited the danger that Cunha might attempt to destroy evidence in the case. Police also executed a search warrant at Cunha’s main residence in Rio de Janeiro. Cunha was expelled from the Chamber of Deputies earlier this year because of his alleged involvement in bribery and money laundering activities.
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