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Brazil agriculture minister denies illegal actions in corruption probe

SAO PAULO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Brazilian agriculture
minister Blairo Maggi said in a statement on Thursday that he
has had no part in any illegal activity or obstruction of
justice after police raided his house in Brasília.

In a statement, Maggi said former Mato Grosso Governor
Sinval Barbosa lied in his plea bargain testimony. Barbosa, who
replaced Maggi as governor of Mato Grosso in 2010, said Maggi,
now the agriculture minister, participated in a corruption
scheme.
(Reporting by Ana Mano; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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