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Why was São Paulo’s transport secretary placed under arrest?

State Transport Secretary Alexandre Baldy, owner of a vast real estate portfolio, was targeted by a Federal Police sting

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Alexandre Baldy. Photo: Anderson Riedel/PR

Federal police officers arrested São Paulo State Transport Secretary Alexandre Baldy on Thursday morning, under suspicion that he defrauded public health contracts. Another two people were detained, among them a researcher from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) research institute.

The arrests were part of the haughtily named Operation Dardanários — meaning ‘forestaller,’ or someone who buys up goods before they are sold on the open market — and concerns the misapplication of funds in the area of health in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, involving federal agencies. The Federal Police states that it found “collusion between businessmen...

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