The wrongdoing surrounding the Brazilian state-owned oil producer, Petrobras, has all the hallmarks of a paradigmatic political corruption scandal.

A construction cartel; millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks; the involvement of more than 80 politicians and members of the business elite; human mules smuggling shrink-wrapped cash across multiple borders; and, of course, all this televised in its own Netflix series.

Having launched a full-scale investigation in 2014, authorities in Brazil and other financial centres across the globe continue to trace the proceeds of crime emanating from this vast and intricate web of political and corporate racketeering.

One such thread has led to the courts in London where the Seri...

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