Dali paintings among 48 works of art seized in Brazil corruption scandal
A banner that reads on Portuguese "Petrobras belongs to the Brazilian people, not to the financial market," hangs outside the office building of the Brazilian oil firm Petrobras, while the board of directors meets, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. (AP / Andre Penner)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:38AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:08PM EST
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Police say they have seized 48 works of art from people suspected of involvement in the kickback-corruption scandal engulfing state-owned oil company Petrobras.
The Federal Police agency says in a statement that the seized artworks include paintings by Salvador Dali and Brazilian artists Vik Muniz, Pedro Motta and Romero Britto.
The works that were seized in Rio de Janeiro arrived Wednesday for safekeeping at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in the city of Curitiba.
Officials did not say who owned the works or what they are worth.
Another 16 paintings seized last year as part of the investigation into the corruption scheme at Petrobras are also on exhibit at the museum.