Rio Governor Pezão Arrested on Corruption Charges

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Police in Brazil have arrested the governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando Pezão.

Investigators say Mr Pezão took bribes when he was deputy governor of Rio from 2007 to 2014.

He has denied taking any illicit funds.

Mr Pezão is the latest politician to be detained as part Operation Car Wash, a corruption investigation which has resulted in the arrest of a long list of high-ranking politicians and businessmen.

The allegations relate to the time when Mr Pezão served as deputy for the then-governor of Rio, Sergio Cabral. Cabral himself is currently in prison after he was found guilty of money laundering and corruption last year.

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