Rio police confirm IOC probe

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – Rio de Janeiro police confirmed yesterday that raids were underway against “an international corruption scheme” suspected of having bribed the IOC to vote for the city’s bid to host last year’s Olympic Games.

Brazilian law enforcement officials, supported by French and US officials, were conducting searches to probe “the buying of votes for the election of Rio by the International Olympic Committee as the venue for the 2016 Olympics,” police said in a statement.

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