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Corruption – Brazil and Guyana – commentary

Corruption –  Brazil and Guyana

Stabroek News – November 4, 2012 – Editorial |

Brazil“The party is over,” chanted anti-corruption demonstrators outside the Supreme Court earlier last month. No, not in Guyana, but in Brazil, where the court had convicted leading politicians, among others, in the highest profile corruption case ever to come before the judiciary. A Reuters story carried in our Friday edition reported Justice Joaquim Barbosa, who was described as being unrelenting in his “dogged pursuit of guilty verdicts,” as calling the illegal payments for the purposes of vote-buying, “an assault on public coffers.” The mastermind, said Judge Barbosa, was none other than Jose Dirceu, once former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s most powerful cabinet member, the co-founder of his Workers Party and prior to 2005, his presumed successor.   Continue reading

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