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Brazil's Federal Police searches Rio de Janeiro governor's residence
Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel
Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel Credit: Eliane Carvalho

Brazil's Federal Police searched the official residence of Rio de Janeiro state Governor Wilson Witzel today as part of an investigation into the embezzlement of public resources in the state’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A police statement said Federal Police were serving 12 search and seizure warrants, but no arrest orders were issued.

Witzel denied any wrongdoing and said in a statement he would cooperate with authorities. He also accused the federal government of interfering in the case.