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New allegations made against Brazil's Petrobras
Senate to probe new allegations made against Brazil's Petrobras
Associated Press
2014-08-06 03:01 AM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- The president of a Senate commission probing suspected irregularities by Brazil's state-controlled Petrobras oil company will investigate allegations that company directors were tipped beforehand what questions the commission would ask them.

Eduardo Costa is a spokesman for Senator Vital do Rego. He says the senator will order an investigation into the allegations made this week by the Veja newsweekly magazine that members of the commission supplied the questions to Petrobras president Graca Foster and other executives and helped them elaborate answers.

The commission is investigating Petrobras' 2006 purchase of the Pasadena Refining System and allegations that, several years ago, Petrobras officials accepted bribes from SBM Offshore, a Netherlands-based supplier of offshore oil vessels.

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