November 19, 2019 / 12:47 PM / 22 days ago

Brazilian judge orders arrest of former Paraguayan President Cartes

Paraguay's former President Horacio Cartes meets supporters outside his home, after a Brazilian judge issued an arrest warrant for him, in Asuncion, Paraguay November 19, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge has issued an arrest warrant for former Paraguayan President vin a new phase of the “Car Wash” probe, targeting black-market money dealers, according to a Justice statement on Tuesday.

The warrant against Cartes, who was president of Paraguay from 2013 to 2018, is already in the red notice of Interpol, the court added. Interpol describes a red notice as a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

The arrest warrant is part of a new phase of the “Car Wash” probe called Patrón, which targets black-market money dealers. According to the Justice, Carters, whose whereabouts was not immediately known, has connections with the black-money dealers.

The Federal Police said in a statement that the operation is intended to crack down on money laundering.

Reuters has not been able to contact Cartes yet.

Reporting by Carolina Mandl and Pedro Fonseca; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

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