Tag: mensalao

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.

Saturday, September 8th 2012 - 07:06 UTC

Brazilians take to the streets on Independence Day to protest against corruption

The colourful protest included a coffin with the sign of “mensalao”

Thousands took to the streets of the Brazilian capital to march against corruption on the country’s Independence Day, along the same avenue where the main military parade took place on Friday.

Tuesday, August 14th 2012 - 07:47 UTC

Defendant says Lula da Silva was the ring leader of the Brazilian congress bribes scandal

Roberto Jefferson blew the scheme and now Lula da Silva has been mentioned as actively involved

The defence of one of the main accused at Brazil’s “trial of the century” claimed at a hearing before the Supreme Tribunal (Supreme court) that former president Lula da Silva (2003/2010) was who ordered the bribes scheme to buy votes in Congress.


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