Police arrested a businessman who was once Brazil's richest man on corruption charges on Monday, as a string of newly approved plea bargains threatened to draw more top politicians and executives into a massive graft probe.
Brazil's onetime richest man, Eike Batista, surrendered to police Monday after flying back to Rio de Janeiro to face bribery and other corruption charges, Globo (LSE: 32549.L - news) television reported.
Federal police said Eike Batista was taken into custody when he landed in Rio de Janeiro on a flight from NY, four days after authorities found him missing from his home here.
"I am returning to respond to the justice system, as is my duty", he said while waiting for his flight Sunday night at John F. Kennedy Airport in NY.
Mr Batista grabbed global investor attention in the first decade of this century with extravagant promises to build an oil and logistics empire on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, based on the expected oil production of his company OGX. "It's time for me to clear this up".
"I think federal prosecutors are cleaning up Brazil in a fantastic manner", Batista told Globo TV. Both Mantega and Rousseff deny wrongdoing.
But Mr Batista said the trip to NY was not an attempt on his part to flee justice.
The sweeping corruption investigation, which now covers several state-run companies, has jailed prestigious CEOs and major political figures, convicted more than 80 people and confirmed some $2 billion in bribes paid over several years.
Mr Batista's lawyers could not be reached for comment.
Inmates with a college degree, which Batista lacks, are usually separated from the rest of the population in Brazil's crowded prison system, where a series of violent riots have erupted this year.
Police sought to arrest Batista at his home in Rio on Thursday, but arrived to find he wasn't there.
Cabral, who resigned from office in 2014, has been jailed since a year ago in connection with other corruption charges.
But his fortune largely evaporated when his oil company OGX collapsed in 2013.