More than 100 powerful business and political figures have been found guilty since the anti-graft push began in early 2014.
Lula is still Brazil’s most popular politician, despite a corruption conviction that could bar him from running in the 2018 presidential election.
Brazilian federal judge Sergio Moro said there is still lack of interest from the country’s political establishment to fight corruption, despite the political and economic crisis the practice sent the country into.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is still topping polls for the 2018 election.
Sao Paolo-based journalist Shobhan Saxena and The Wire’s founding editor Siddharth Varadarajan discuss the ongoing corruption scandal in Brazil and its possible aftermath.
The ruling was a stunning setback for Lula, one of the country’s most popular politicians, and a serious blow to his chances of a political comeback.
Lula, who is accused of leading Brazil’s biggest bribery scheme in connection with Petrobras, is already facing five separate trials on corruption charges.
The legacy and political future of Brazil’s first working-class president are on the line as Lula faces one of the five criminal cases against him.
If the Bill becomes a law, prosecutors could be punished with up to six months suspension for collecting evidence illegally without judicial authorisation.
Palocci has offered details on Operation Car Wash, which had unravelled a bribery scheme at top level Brazilian politics and is an ongoing investigation.
The decision goes back to March, when Brazil’s top public prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to open 83 investigations into senior politicians based on the Odebrecht employees’ testimony.
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The former president’s lawyers said he had no role in the selection of the Saab Gripen fighter jets in 2013 and obtained no illicit gains related to the deal.
Guido Mantega, who served as Brazil’s finance minister for nine years – longest in past 70 years, was also the chairman of Petrobras in 2012.
The corruption case will also put on trial Lula’s wife, Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva; OAS Chief Executive Jose Aldemario “Leo” Pinheiro; Paulo Okamotto, the president of the Lula Institute, and four others.
Lula’s lawyers said prosecutors lacked evidence to back up their accusations, which were part of political persecution to stop him running in the 2018 election.
Rousseff has denied any wrongdoing and compared the impeachment trial to her persecution during Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship.
With the odds stacked against her, Rousseff’s testimony appears to be aimed at making a point for the history books that her impeachment was a travesty rather than a bid to sway the 81-seat senate to block her eviction from office.
Thursday’s session, presided over by the SC Chief Justice, heard witnesses for and against Rousseff who is charged with breaking budget laws.
This is the first time that the court has authorised an investigation into Rousseff, who is expected to stand impeachment trial in the senate on August 25.
Lula, who is likely to contest the 2018 presidential election in Brazil, is under investigation for corruption related to the Petrobas scandal.
The significance of interim President Michel Temer’s all-male cabinet was not lost on feminists in the Latin American country, especially after a male-dominated Congress voted to remove the country’s first woman leader amid shouts of “Goodbye, dear!”
Brazil’s attorney general urged a congressional committee to dismiss impeachment charges against President Dilma Rousseff, saying there is no legal basis for the proceedings.