Guilty Verdicts for Forming the Mensalão

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Supreme Court (STF) has found at least ten politicians and business figures guilty of setting up the cash-for-votes mensalão scheme, the biggest and most drawn-out scandal in the history of Brazilian politics. The formation of the quadrilha (gang) – the group of people at the center of the vote-buying scandal – was seen as one the most significant parts of the trial.

A majority vote by the STF judges found ten of the thirteen defendants guilty of forming the quadrilha, including José Dirceu – ex-President Lula . . .

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