Latin America

Why Operation Car Wash wants to arrest Paraguay’s ex-president

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Former Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes

Since the inception of Operation Car Wash in 2014, it was a matter of time before Brazil’s sweeping corruption investigation into wrongdoings within construction firms, state-owned companies, government, and a variety of facets of Brazilian society would spread to neighboring countries.

Governments in Peru, Venezuela, Chile, and Bolivia have been mentioned or directly implicated in Car Wash testimony, but now the probe has reached Paraguay, ordering the arrest of the country’s most prominent powerbroker: former President Horacio Cartes.

On Tuesday morning, judges of the Operation Car Wash cases in Rio de Janeiro issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Cartes and...

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