RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO May 4 Brazil's federal
police began a new round raids on Thursday as part of their
investigation into alleged embezzlement and graft at a division
of state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA
In a statement, the police said search and raid orders as
well as detention orders were issued in the states of São Paulo,
Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. They gave no further details on
Federal prosecutors began investigating suspected corruption
around Petrobras in April 2014 in an operation known as
"Operation Car Wash".
Police officers hold a news conference on the new phase of
the Car Wash investigation, known as "Asphyxia", in the southern
city of Curitiba later in the day.
(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca and Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing
by Louise Ireland)