Mensalão in Brazil: Roberto Jefferson First to Request New Trial

Posted on October 17, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Corruption, Politics

On October 17, 2013, Agência Brasil reported that Roberto Jefferson, former leader of the Brazilian Labor Party (PDT) and whistleblower in the infamous mensalão case, has become the first of the case’s defendants to request a new trial, as well as a pardon.  Jefferson was sentenced in September to seven years, 14 days in prison for his role in the scheme, in which he accepted roughly R$4 million to distribute to members of his party to vote for key legislation during the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.  Defense attorneys state that his sentence should be reduced because he collaborated with investigators and is currently in poor health.  Read Article

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