Brazil Supreme Court approves Odebrecht graft plea deal testimony

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The president of Brazil's Supreme Court, Carmen Lucia Rocha, has approved plea bargain statements by 77 executives of engineering conglomerate Odebrecht [ODBES.UL], who are being investigated for paying bribes in the country's biggest graft scandal, the court said on Monday.

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The testimony, which will remain sealed, is expected to name dozens of politicians who received graft money in the graft scheme centered on Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras . Prosecutors had asked Rocha not to hold up approval of the statements following the death of the Supreme Court justice handling the case in a plane crash on Jan. 19.

(Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Writing by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Daniel Flynn)