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Tag: Jose Dirceu

  • Wednesday, June 27th 2018 - 08:33 UTC

    A powerful aide of Lula provisionally released from jail pending an appeal

    Dirceu, a crucial leader in the Workers' Party (PT), was sentenced to 30 years and nine months in prison for corruption, money laundering and criminal association

    A Brazilian court ordered on Tuesday the provisional liberation of former minister Jose Dirceu, who was one of the most important figures in the government of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the state-owned Agencia Brasil said.

  • Monday, May 21st 2018 - 09:02 UTC

    Lula's political “handy man” Dirceu, starts 31-year prison sentence for corruption

    Dirceu was jailed in Papuda, near Brasilia, and could next be transferred to the city of Curitiba, where the giant “Car Wash” anti-corruption operation is based

    Jose Dirceu, former chief of staff under ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, surrendered last Friday to start a nearly 31-year prison sentence for corruption, officials said. Dirceu lost an appeal against his conviction for money laundering, corruption and membership of a criminal group, at a court in Porto Alegre on Thursday.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 - 06:53 UTC

    Mastermind of Lula's corruption cases temporarily released from jail

    A former guerrilla now aged 71, Dirceu was convicted in May 2016 to 32 years in jail for taking bribes, money laundering and criminal association.

    Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the release from prison of Jose Dirceu, who was convicted of graft-related crimes after serving as cabinet chief of ex-president Lula da Silva. Dirceu has been detained since 2015 in connection to a vast corruption scheme known as Car Wash.

  • Tuesday, August 9th 2016 - 08:57 UTC

    Head of Brazil's nuclear energy development sentenced 43 years in jail for corruption

    Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva considered the father of Brazil’s nuclear program and a pillar of the military-industrial establishment, was convicted of corruption

    The CEO of Brazil’s nuclear power company Eletronuclear, was sentenced to serve 43 years in prison by a Rio de Janeiro judge, Valor Economico newspaper reported. Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva considered the father of Brazil’s nuclear program and a pillar of the military-industrial establishment was convicted of corruption, money-laundering, organized crime and obstruction of justice, in the latest chapter of the country’s historic “Operation Carwash” investigation.

  • Monday, May 30th 2016 - 09:25 UTC

    Lula regrets having elected Dilma as his successor, according to taped conversation

    In the leaked tape Sarney recalls: “he (Lula)  told me that his only regret is having elected Dilma. The only mistake he made – and the worst of all”.

    Ex Brazilian president Lula da Silva regrets having handpicked suspended president Dilma Rousseff as his political heiress, according to a taped conversation leaked to the media. In the audio between former president Jose Sarney and Sergio Machado, a former head of Transpetro, a state-run natural gas company, who is believed to have entered a plea bargain with the prosecution, the two men comment on Lula's confession.

  • Thursday, May 19th 2016 - 08:02 UTC

    Lula's most trusted and closest political advisor sentenced to 23 years in prison

    Dirceu was former President Lula da Silva's chief of staff from 2003 to 2005 before being forced to step down over a congressional vote-buying scheme.

    A Brazilian federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Jose Dirceu, a former presidential chief of staff, to 23 years and three months in prison for his role in a massive corruption scheme centered on state-controlled oil company Petrobras. Judge Sergio Moro, who is spearheading the bribes-for-inflated contracts probe, found Dirceu guilty of accepting and paying bribes and money laundering.

  • Wednesday, September 16th 2015 - 09:34 UTC

    Two close associates of Lula da Silva will face trial on the Petrobras scandal

    Dirceu, former chief of staff under ex-president Lula da Silva allegedly  masterminded the bribes and embezzlement scheme skimming Petrobras.

    Two leading figures associated with Brazil's ruling Workers' Party will face trial over their alleged roles in the Petrobras graft scandal, authorities confirmed Tuesday.A judge has accepted to take on the case brought against Jose Dirceu, a former chief of staff under ex-president Lula da Silva (2003-2010), and who prosecutors say masterminded the bribes and embezzlement scheme skimming huge sums from the state oil giant.

  • Wednesday, September 2nd 2015 - 06:43 UTC

    Lula da Silva's top advisor charged for alleged involvement in Petrobras corruption

    Dirceu is the most senior member of the ruling Workers' Party to be taken into custody in connection with the scheme.

    Police on Tuesday asked prosecutors to file charges against Brazil's former presidential chief of staff, Jose Dirceu, and top advisor of former president Lula da Silva, for alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at state-owned oil company Petrobras.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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