Brazil police widen Odebrecht probe with Angola contracts

May 20 Brazil’s federal police on Friday said they widened a probe of construction conglomerate Odebrecht SA to investigate possible money laundering and influence peddling in contracts awarded for projects in Angola.

At least one relative to former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was targeted by the operation that included four search and seizure warrants and two warrants for questioning, according to a police source.

Police are investigating why Odebrecht hired a small builder in the port city of Santos between 2012 and 2015 for complex projects in Angola that received $464 million in funding from state-run development bank BNDES, a police statement said.

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