Big Shot Brazilian Politician Facing Jail Time
Post on November 18, 2012, 5:00 pm by the-victoria-law-group 8 Comments
This is news because it is surprising that any high-level Brazilian politician would face jail time for corruption. So rampant is it, that usually justices either look the other way, or issue a slap on the wrist. However, according to what we have seen during a historical trial in Brazil, justices in the Supreme Federal Tribunal, or Brazil’s Supreme Court, announced that José Dirceu de Oliveira e Silva, a top ally and chief of staff to Brazil’s popular former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in prison after being found guilty of charges that are roughly the equivalent of unlawful conspiracy and bribery. The length of the sentence for such an influential political operative, who is commonly called José Dirceu in Brazil, and the mere possibility that he could spend some time in prison before being paroled, stands as precedent-setting shifts in a political culture in which impunity in corruption cases has traditionally prevailed, legal scholars said. If this changes behavior in Brazil, this is good news for everyone hoping to do business in Brazil.
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