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Cunha, the driving force of Rousseff's impeachment sentenced to 15 years

Tuesday, April 3rd 2018 - 09:20 UTC
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Cunha, was forced from his position as speaker in July and arrested in October on accusations he received millions in bribes Cunha, was forced from his position as speaker in July and arrested in October on accusations he received millions in bribes

Brazilian court has sentenced the former speaker of the country’s lower house, Eduardo Cunha to more than 15 years in prison for corruption. The ex Worker’s Party member is the highest profile political conviction yet in the ‘operation car wash’ scandal.

The former politician’s defense team said they would appeal the decision though he will remain imprisoned pending the appeal.

Cunha, who drove the successful impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff, was forced from his position as speaker in July and arrested in October on accusations he received millions in bribes from the purchase of an oil field in Benin by state-controlled oil company Petrobras.

Rousseff’s predecessor Luiz Lula da Silva was charged last year for his role as “maximum commander” behind the same vast corruption scheme.

Cunha’s case was sent to crusading anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, who has been the driving force behind Brazil’s fight against graft. Moro has a reputation for ploughing through cases efficiently, with over 98 percent of his convictions in “Car Wash” cases being upheld by higher courts.

Cunha faces another trial for allegedly receiving €4.6 million skimmed from Petrobras contracts for two drill-ships in 2006 and 2007.

To date over 200 people have been charged in the “Operation Car Wash” investigation and the Supreme Court looks poised to extend the inquiry into dozens of other sitting politicians.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • :o))

    REF: “sentenced to 15 years”:

    - is that 15 months, weeks, days or hours?
    - so how much would he earn to be imprisoned?
    - how much would he earn to keep his lips sealed?
    - what's the cost to keep him imprisoned?
    - he'll return all the loot gathered in the past - Of Course!

    Apr 03rd, 2018 - 10:32 am 0
  • DemonTree

    “The ex Worker’s Party member”

    Get it right, Mercopress, Cunha was in the PMDB, not the Worker's Party.

    According to Wikipedia he had to resign from his first political job as deputy Secretary of Housing after 6 months due to allegations of corruption, but that didn't stop him getting elected to the Chamber of Deputies and then becoming speaker of the house. He's also an evangelical Christian and is accused of laundering money through a Megachurch. Why do these people always turn out to be hypocrites?

    Apr 03rd, 2018 - 11:17 am 0
  • :o))

    @DT

    REF: “PMDB, not the Worker's Party.”:

    PMDB/PT/MDB & Co.: Birds of the SAME feather!

    REF: “He's also an evangelical Christian” and
    REF: “Why do these people always turn out to be hypocrites?”:


    EXPLANATION:

    NOT at all a hypocrite but an extremely PRACTICAL visionary!

    By Money-Laundering through the Megachurch and with Mouth-Watring “DONATIONS”; he declares himself to be THE “BELIEVER” of the evangelical faith and a pious “DEVOTEE” [to an ambitious political party which has a strong majority].

    The Party will then be obliged to “bless” him with the freedom [well before the present sentence is over] to continue stealing and also to SUPPORT him when he decides [S00N] to be The President of Brazil.

    SO, WHAT IS WRONG?

    Apr 03rd, 2018 - 12:50 pm 0
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