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Orlando Silva, Brazil's Sports Minister, Investigated For Corruption

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Brazil's Sports Minister Orlando Silva shows documents as he speaks at the Sports Commission of the Lower House in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) | AP
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's Supreme Court is opening an investigation into corruption allegations against Brazil's sports minister.

Several people have accused Orlando Silva of involvement in kickback schemes related to social programs financed by his ministry. The accusations could cost him his post, as well as his ability to steward the country through soccer's 2014 World Cup.

On Tuesday, Supreme Court Judge Carmen Rocha asked the ministry and federal accounting bodies to turn over any relevant information.

The Supreme Court's press office says the investigation was opened at the federal attorney general's request.

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