Brazil Mensalao corruption trial reaches key stage

BBC, 10/03/2012

The judges will begin delivering their findings on Jose Dirceu, a leading figure from the government of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Mr Dirceu is accused of overseeing a scheme that used public funds to buy support from other political parties.

The case, with 37 defendants, is seen as a key test of holding Brazil’s politicians to account for corruption.

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