Brazil authorities file corruption charges against Joseph Safra

Brazilian authorities have filed corruption charges against Joseph Safra and five others in relation to an alleged scheme to reduce tax debts.

The authorities said Safra, a banker and the owner of the Gherkin skyscraper in London, was not directly involved in the alleged corruption scheme. He is alleged to have known about the plan to pay some 15.3m reais in bribes to tax officials.

The Safra Group said in a statement that the allegations were unfounded and that there had not been any improprieties by any of the businesses of The Safra Group.