Convictions in Brazil end high-profile corruption trial

The New York Times/AP, 11/26/2012

Brazil’s Supreme Court has sentenced the last 3 of 25 defendants convicted on charges involving a congressional cash-for-votes scheme, bringing to an end a high-profile corruption trial that has riveted Latin America’s largest country for nearly four months.

The court on Wednesday sentenced a former congressman, the former leader of the governing Workers Party and a former treasurer of the Brazilian Labor Party on charges of money laundering, passive corruption and embezzlement.

The corruption dates to the government of the previous president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, though he has not been charged.

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