Brazilian police have ordered the arrest of marketing expert Joao Santana, the man behind President Dilma Rousseff’s electoral success. This latest development sees the long-running corruption probe move a step closer to the president.
In a televised news conference on Monday morning, police accused Santana and his wife, Monica Moura, of receiving millions of dollars in illicit funds from Odebrecht, a major construction company under investigation for its relationship with the state-run oil company Petrobras. Brazil remains gripped by the largest corruption probe that the country has seen to date: Operation Car Wash.
- The couple are currently in the Dominican Republic. According to their lawyer, they are willing to cooperate with any police inquiry.
As well as masterminding Rousseff’s 2010 and 2014 election victories, Santana also ran former president Lula da Silva’s successful 2006 campaign.