Brazilian police arrested Jorge Zelada, former director of Petrobras’ international division, as part of an ongoing investigation into bribery and corruption at the state-run oil producer, prosecutors said on Thursday.
Zelada is suspected of money-laundering, appropriating public funds, corruption, tax evasion and contract fraud. He was taken into custody early Thursday as part of the graft probe that has already ensnared dozens of Brazil’s top executives.
Prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima said Zelada, who led the international division from 2008 to 2012, appeared to have received bribes on a contract for the Titanium Explorer drillship operated by Vantage Drilling Co and another rig operated by Pride International, a company acquired by Ensco Plc in 2011.
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