Brazil’s No. 2 cop arrested for corruption

September 17th, 2008 - 5:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 17 (IANS) The second-in-command of Brazil’s Federal Police has been arrested in an operation staged against a network accused of corruption and fraud, officials have said. Romero Menezes was taken into custody Tuesday in Brasilia by members of his own force, Spain’s EFE news agency reported Wednesday.

“The operation was a dividing of the investigations carried out in July against fraud in a bidding process for the railroad concession in the state of Amapa,” the police said in a communique referring to the arrest of the official and employees of two firms involved in the deal.

The arrests were part of the police investigation into the alleged fraud in the bidding by the MMX Logistica mining firm, which is owned by businessman Eike Batista, one of Brazil’s best-known businessmen.

“Operation Midas Touch” is aimed at investigating possible fraud in the bidding for the railroad in northern Amapa state which transports iron ore to a port on the Amazon River, the statement said.

In July, the police said that they had found indications of irregularities in the tender process designed to favour MMX.

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