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Brazil’s parliament commission calls Joseph Safra to testify on alleged corruption charges

The Brazilian parliament commission in charge of a national tax-fraudinvestigation voted in favor of calling banker Joseph Safra to testify on allegationsthat his organization bribedgovernment tax officials in order to lower corporate tax debts, O Estado de S. Paulo reported.

The date for the commission's hearing has not been set yet, thereport said.

Earlier in April, a federal court agreed to proceed with legalcharges against Safraalong with other five people who are being accused in the corruption allegations.

Safra's organization has denied that any of their representativesprovided "advantages to any public official."

Safra and his family control São Paulo-based , which includes Swiss-basedBank J. Safra Sarasin AG,Safra National Bank of New Yorkand Banco Safra (Cayman Islands) Ltd..