Petrobras scandal prosecutors seek tougher anti-corruption laws

March 20, 2015 6:58 PM

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Petrobras scandal prosecutors seek tougher anti-corruption laws

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Prosecutors who uncovered Brazil's biggest corruption case called on Friday for tougher prison sentences and more legal powers to crack down on rampant graft that costs taxpayers more than the annual budget for education and health.

Hoping to ride a wave of national disgust over the latest corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras, the top federal prosecutor's office known as PGR sent Congress proposals to stiffen penalties for corruption to up to 25 years in prison.

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