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Brazil Olympic Venues Targeted In Corruption Probe

The Olympics are set to happen as Brazil battles multiple crises.

26/05/2016 9:51 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST
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Brazil's Olympic venues are coming under the eye of Brazilian investigators.

Brazilian investigators have expanded their probe into possible corruption around the staging of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August to include all the venues and services financed with federal funds, a lead prosecutor told Reuters.

Federal investigations have previously focused on "legacy" modernization projects not directly tied to the Games but this newly disclosed probe includes Olympic Park and the Deodoro area where Olympic venues are located, federal prosecutor Leandro Mitidieri said.

"It's not just the physical works we're looking at - it is contracts for services, security, everything that used federal funds," he told Reuters from his Rio de Janeiro office late on Tuesday.

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