Brazil’s top federal prosecutor is seeking arrest warrants for three senior congressional leaders as well as former Brazilian President José Sarney as part of a sweeping corruption probe, domestic news agencies reported Tuesday. Chief Federal Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot has asked the Brazilian Supreme Court to issue arrest warrants for Sarney, Senate President Renan Calheiros, suspended Chamber of Deputies Speaker Eduardo Cunha and government party Senate leader Romero Jucá. According to the reports, Janot has charged the officials with crimes ranging from obstruction of justice to bribery, money laundering and conspiracy. Lawyers for Calheiros and Jucá reacted immediately, saying the request was “absurd” and claiming innocence for their clients. Lawyers for Cunha and Sarney made no immediate comment. The Supreme Court will examine the petition over the coming days.
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