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Brazil police arrest son of ex-official in bribes case

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian federal police have arrested the son of a former energy minister as part of an investigation into corruption and money laundering involving construction of the huge Belo Monte dam.

The warrant against Marcio Lobao authorizes a renewable, five-day temporary arrest.

Prosecutors in the state of Parana said Tuesday that they suspect Lobao and his father received bribes worth 50 million reals (about $12 million) from construction conglomerate Odebrecht and another company between 2008 and 2014.

Prosecutors say they have evidence that Lobao was involved in money laundering up until this year.

His father, Edison Lobao, was energy minister from 2008 to 2010.

The investigation is part of the Car Wash anti-graft probe that has led to the incarceration of top businessmen and politicians, including a former president.

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