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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Once Brazil’s wealthiest man, businessman Eike Batista was sentenced to thirty years in prison in Rio de Janeiro this week for corruption and money laundering. Batista was found guilty...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Since the Lava Jato (Car Wash) task force was set up in Rio de Janeiro, seventeen months ago, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office (MPF) has filed twenty-five criminal lawsuits against...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In a surprising turn of events, federal judge Sergio Moro, sentenced Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to nine years and six months in prison for passive corruption...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A federal judge in Brasilia ordered on Tuesday the suspension of all activities at the Lula Institute, a NGO established by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva after he...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian prosecutors for the state of São Paulo filed charges and issued an arrest request on Thursday against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for money laundering and misrepresentation...
By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Judge Gilmar Mendes at Brazil's Federal Electoral Court (TSE) asked prosecutors to investigate several leads hinting at potential illegal financing of President Dilma Rousseff's re-election campaign last October. He...
By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The sixteenth phase of the Lava Jato (Car wash) investigation has started this morning with a focus on electricity companies, especially Eletronuclear, a subsidy of Eletrobras. Eletronuclear's President Othon...
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian Ministério Público Federal (MPF) has opened an investigation into the source of funding for the 2015 Rio Carnival Champion Beija-Flor's parade. The samba school allegedly received partial...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After months of scandals which have led to a strong devaluation of Petrobras’ shares and a downgrade by a major credit rating company, its CEO, Maria das Graças Foster, resigned...
By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The details of the plea bargain of black market money dealer and Lava Jato (car wash) scandal mastermind Alberto Youssef have been revealed on Wednesday, January 21st. Youssef will receive...
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