Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR) requested access to a former executive’s allegations of a kickback scheme involving the state-run oil producer in a scandal that threatens to influence the outcome of presidential elections. Petrobras, as the Rio de Janeiro-based company is known, asked the judge investigating the so-called Car Wash money-laundering case for details of testimony given by former refining head Paulo Roberto Costa, it said yesterday in a statement. The oil producer also wrote to companies cited by Brazilian press as allegedly involved in kickbacks, Petrobras said, without identifying them. Veja magazine reported over the weekend that a group of more than 30 politicians, including members and allies of President Dilma Rousseff’s Workers’ Party, allegedly received bribes linked to Petrobras contracts. The Sao Paulo-based magazine said the list of names was given by Costa during testimony to the federal public prosecutor. Costa, who is in jail as the police […]