Former Brazilian Governor Sergio Cabral of Rio de Janeiro (R) listens to former Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa during a meeting in Bogota, Colombia, March 23, 2007. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz/File photo
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The former governor of Rio de Janeiro state was arrested on Thursday as part of a corruption investigation linked to World Cup building projects that could fuel further political instability in Brazil.Prosecutors accused Sergio Cabral of leading a group that embezzled 220 million reais ($64 mln) from public building schemes. The Rio state prosecutor's office said in a statement that Cabral led a group of former officials and construction executives in a bribery scheme linked to public works, including the refurbishing of the 2014 World Cup Maracana stadium.Cabral was a close ally of Rousseff and also a member of her successor President Michel Temer's Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB).
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