Tag: mensalao

Tuesday, August 4th 2015 - 05:02 UTC

Lula da Silva's 'fund-raiser' Dirceu again involved: this time with Petrobras

Dirceu, popular former President Lula da Silva's chief of staff between 2003 and 2005, was already under house arrest for running a vote-buying scheme (Pic Reuter)

Brazilian police on Monday arrested former government minister Jose Dirceu, one of the most senior members of the ruling Workers' Party to be detained so far in a corruption scandal engulfing state-run oil company Petrobras.

Wednesday, June 24th 2015 - 08:38 UTC

Petrobras scandal ramifications getting closer to Lula da Silva

The former president is linked to lobbying for the Odebrecht Group to obtain public works projects in Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela and Ghana.

One of Brazil's leading weekly magazines, Epoca, has revealed that former president Lula da Silva could be investigated over corruption allegations following on the imprisonment of the Odebrecht Group CEO, (Marcelo Odebrecht) which is one of the country's largest private corporations and employers, and for which Lula did much lobbying and sponsoring for public works projects in Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela and Ghana.

Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 09:34 UTC

Mujica's book rekindles Brazilian scandal involving Lula da Silva

Allegedly Lula told Mujica back in 2010 that “he had to deal with many immoral things including blackmail” and “this was the only way to rule Brazil”

Uruguay's president Jose Mujica has now denied alleged statements collected in a book about his life written by two journalists, that he personally presented last Sunday in Buenos Aires and in which there is a mention to former president Lula da Silva and the 'mensalao', one of Brazil's largest corruption scandals involving monthly payments to have bills passed by Congress.

Friday, May 30th 2014 - 03:41 UTC

Brazil's leading anti-corruption Justice announces he is stepping down

Joaquim Barbosa was the first black to lead Brazil's Supreme Court

Supreme Court Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa, who with an iron hand presided over a well-known corruption trial that resulted in important politicians going to jail, will step down from the bench this year, Brazil's Senate leader said Thursday.

Friday, November 29th 2013 - 23:41 UTC

Brazil corruption money: “between 32 and 53bn dollars in 2013” says FIESP

Lula da Silva's administration 'mensalao' is an example of the extended corruption in the country's political system

Corruption is not new in Brazil nor does it surprise public opinion but the magnitude of such extended practice is only coming to light with a recent study from the powerful manufacturing lobby, FIESP (Federation of Industries of Sao Paulo State) which states that the average annual cost of corruption in the country is between 1.38% and 2.3% of GDP, which the World Bank in 2012 estimated at 2.3 trillion dollars.

Thursday, November 14th 2013 - 18:17 UTC

Brazil politics fat cats to jail confirms the Supreme Court in landmark judgment

Jose Dirceu, former chief of staff and the most influential man in Lula da Silva's first government

In a landmark judgment, Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld more than a dozen jail terms handed down in a political corruption scandal which broke in 2005.

Saturday, August 10th 2013 - 02:04 UTC

Corruption allegations in crucial Sao Paulo city reach Brazil’s main opposition party

Serra was twice presidential candidate and Alckim is the mayor of South America’s largest metropolis

After the mensalão case rocked Brazil’s ruling party, it seems it’s now the turn of the Social Democrats (PSDB), the main opposition party. The Attorney General’s office and the police are investigating the allegations against the PSDB and if its leaders received kickbacks from a scheme involving the maintenance of train and metro lines in Sao Paulo.

Thursday, January 10th 2013 - 04:03 UTC

Brazilian hacker publishes sensitive personal data on politicians convicted for corruption

Jose Dirceu was the cabinet chief of President Lula da Silva in his first mandate

A hacker in Brazil has published sensitive personal data of politicians convicted during a major corruption trial known as the “Mensalao”. Jose Genoino, Jose Dirceu and Delubio Soares have had address, phone numbers, emails and other details exposed.

Thursday, December 20th 2012 - 05:38 UTC

Brazil to investigate corruption allegations involving Lula da Silva

The former president called the accusations “a lie”

Brazil’s Attorney General said the country’s judiciary will investigate allegations that former President Lula da Silva took part in the cash-for-votes scheme that toppled several of his closest aides.

Wednesday, October 10th 2012 - 08:23 UTC

Brazil high court convicts top aides of Lula da Silva for ‘Mensalao’ corruption scandal

Dirceu, Genoino and Delubio Soares convicted for corruption

Brazil's Supreme Court convicted three top aides of former president Lula da Silva of graft related to a vote-buying scheme in Congress. Lula's ex-chief of staff Jose Dirceu was found guilty by six of the 10 judges in connection with the scheme that ran from 2002 to 2005 during the popular president's first term, a court spokesman said.


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