Rio 2016 bribery probe ramps up with arrest of head of infrastructure
A long-running probe into alleged bribery in relation to construction projects for last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro took a new turn yesterday as Alexandre Pinto, head of infrastructure in the government of former mayor Eduardo Paes, was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes.
Police and federal prosecutors alleged that R$35.5 million ($11.4 million) was paid by companies that built a new rapid bus transit system linking Rio’s main airport with Olympic venues, and that cleaned waters near the Olympic Village.
The bribes are said to have been paid by a consortium led by construction firms OAS SA and Carioca Engenharia.
Paes is himself the subject of a Supreme Court investigation into allegations that he took at least R$15 million in bribes related to Olympic contracts. He denies any wrongdoing.