Brazil's congressional cash-for-votes trial ends

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Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 5:00 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Supreme Court has sentenced the last three of 25 defendants convicted on charges involving a congressional cash-for-votes scheme. That brings to an end a high-profile corruption trial that has riveted Latin America's largest country for nearly four months.

The court Wednesday sentenced a former congressman, the former leader of the governing Worker's Party and a former treasurer of the Brazilian Labor Party on charges of money laundering, passive corruption and embezzlement.

The alleged corruption dates back to the government of previous President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, though he has not been charged.

Earlier this month the court convicted Silva's former chief of staff of racketeering and of leading the vote-buying scheme in Congress. Jose Dirceu was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in prison.

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