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Brazil prosecutor seeks probe into former president, senators

Brazil’s top prosecutor on Monday asked the Supreme Court for permission to investigate an ex-president, two senators and the former head of a unit of the state oil company for alleged efforts to thwart the country’s largest corruption probe.

Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot accused ex-President Jose Sarney, who now sits in the Senate, along with senators Romero Juca and Renan Calheiros of carrying out “political maneuvers” in a bid to quash the inquiry into political kickbacks at state-run oil firm Petrobras.

All are allies of President Michel Temer.

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