Brazil’s Lower House Speaker Under Police Investigation

The accusations could prove a headache for the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, which is relying on Maia to guide its thorny pension reform through an unbiddable Congress.

By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian police have accused Rodrigo Maia, Brazil's powerful lower house speaker, and his father of receiving bribes totaling at least R$ 1.4 million (US$ 362,000), a document on Friday showed.

The federal police document was delivered to the Supreme Court as part of an ongoing investigation into Maia. Brazilian politicians are protected from prosecution unless the Superior Court approves and agrees to hear a case.

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