Spanish high court rejects extradition of lawyer wanted in Brazil graft probe

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Posted: Jul 28, 2017 1:08 PM

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's high court has rejected an extradition request from Brazil for a lawyer accused of involvement in corruption surrounding the state oil company Petrobras.

Brazilian prosecutors have accused Rodrigo Tacla Duran of helping to launder money for homebuilders in a scheme between building firms and executives at Petrobas, a police statement in November said.

The case against Duran, a dual Brazilian-Spanish citizen, will be processed in Spain, the high court said in a statement.

Duran is being investigated for belonging to an organised crime network, bribery and money laundering, the court added.

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The office of Brazil's general prosecutor did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It was not immediately possible to contact Duran's lawyers.

(Reporting by Paul Day; editing by Mark Heinrich)