Brazilian federal police said they had served two detention orders and executed 16 search and seizure orders on Thursday as part of a new phase of a corruption probe into the state oil company Petrobras.
The new phase concerns dealings between building firms and executives at the oil giant known formally as Petróleo Brasileiro SA, according to a police statement.
Prosecutors said the targets were businessman Adir Assad and lawyer Rodrigo Tacla Duran, who were accused of helping to launder money for the homebuilders involved in the scheme. Neither man is a current or former Petrobras employee.
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