Former Rio mayor probed in Olympic-linked corruption scandal

2017-04-13 05:30
Rio de Janeiro's former mayor Eduardo Paes is being investigated for corruption. (Silvia Izquierdo, AP)

Rio de Janeiro's former mayor Eduardo Paes is being investigated for corruption. (Silvia Izquierdo, AP)

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Rio de Janeiro - Former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, the moving force behind organising last year's Olympics, is being investigated for accepting at least $5 million in payments to facilitate construction projects tied to the games.

Paes is one of dozens of top politicians implicated in a sweeping judicial corruption investigation in which construction giant Odebrecht paid bribes to help win contracts.

Paes's name appears in documents published by Brazil's top court and could stand trial if the country's attorney general decides to prosecute.

Obebrecht was involved in building many Olympic-related projects, including several arenas at the Olympic Park, a subway-line extension and the renovation of Rio's port area.

Paes left office on January 1 after eight years in office. He is referred to in the Odebrecht documents as "The Little Nervous One." He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

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