Brazilian prosecutors have charged political strategist Joao Santana, the architect of President Dilma Rousseff’s 2010 and 2014 election victories, and 16 others with corruption as part of a massive investigation.
The investigation of Santana, known as “the maker of presidents” in Latin America, has increased calls for Ms Rousseff’s ouster, even though a current attempt to impeachment her is not related to the graft probe.
The Senate is expected to vote next month on putting Ms Rousseff on trial for manipulating public accounts which would suspend her from office for up to six months.
Santana, who was arrested in February, is accused of receiving bribes from engineering conglomerate Odebrecht in a scheme to divert funds from state-run oil company Petrobras, prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol said.
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