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Brazil police probe suspected vote-buying for 2016 Olympics

Brazil’s federal police on Tuesday said they raided the home of Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the national Olympic committee’s president, to probe a suspected international vote-buying scheme to secure Rio de Janeiro’s selection as the host of the 2016 Games.

Police were also serving two arrest warrants and conducting search and seizure operations as part of the investigation started nine months ago in cooperation with French authorities, a police statement said.

French newspaper Le Monde in March said a company linked to Brazilian businessman Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho paid $1.5 million to Papa Massata Diack, son of Lamine Diack who was then International Association of Athletics Federations president, three days before the 2009 IOC vote to choose the host city for the 2016 Games.

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