Federal police arrest ex-Rio de Janeiro Governor Sérgio Cabral on corruption charges

On 17 November 2016, Brazilian federal police arrested the former Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral (PMDB) (Folha de S. Paulo, Globo G1). As a part of Operação Calicute, an operation occurring in concurrence with the Operação Lava Jato investigating corruption at Petrobras, investigators are attempting to account for US$64 million embezzled from state government projects during terms. Among the projects being investigated is the renovation of Maracanã for the 2014 World Cup. The Federal Public Ministry of Rio, involved in the investigation, suspects Cabral of masterminding corruption, money laundering, and cartelization, in addition to receiving over US$800,000 from construction firms, such as Andrade Gutierrez, during his tenure as Governor. The State of Rio de Janeiro, currently undergoing a fiscal crisis, had ~US$50 million blocked by the federal government for failing to pay interest charges. Cabral is currently being held in Bangu prison outside of the city of Rio.