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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Weekly news magazine “Veja” recently published an interview with Gilmar Mendes, one of the Justices of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF). In that interview, Mr. Mendes affirms categorically that former President Lula met him, in the presence of Nelson Jobim (himself a former STF Justice and Government minister) and suggested to him that it would be in his (Mendes’s) best interests if he could delay the STF deciding the corruption case commonly referred to as the “mensalão” (“big allowance”) paid to legislators during Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?