By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Supreme Court, the STF, has sentenced ex-Chief of Staff José Dirceu to ten years, ten months in prison for corruption crimes relating to the mensalão scandal that has rocked Brazilian politics. Dirceu must also pay a fine of R$676,000 (US$330,000) and will serve his sentence - at least for now - in a closed prison . . .

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