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Brazil Prosecutors Lay New Graft Charges Against Former Lula Chief Of Staff

May 3, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had laid new defilement accusations against a one-time head of staff for previous President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is as of now serving long correctional facility sentences on other join feelings.

Prosecutors charged Jose Dirceu, who was discharged from prison pending an interest, of taking 2.4 million reais ($755,880) in rewards from two building firms – UTC Engenharia SA and Engevix Engenharia SA.

The cash was supposedly utilized for advertising endeavors to enhance Dirceu’s picture some time recently, amid and after a 2012 trial, in which he was indicted in a far reaching plan of making regularly scheduled installments to congressmen to win bolster for enactment.

Over the previous year, courts have sentenced Dirceu in two separate trials to an aggregate 32 years in prison on defilement, illegal tax avoidance and intrigue charges. They originated from a far reaching test of join at state-claimed oil organization Petroleo Brasileiro SA, known as Petrobras.

In spite of the prior feelings and the new charges, Brazil’s Supreme Court acknowledged a habeas corpus request on Tuesday documented by Dirceu’s barrier and requested his discharge from prison.

A five-part assembly of the top court led by 3 votes to 2 that he ought to be liberated pending an interest. Under Brazilian law, jail sentences are served after the departure of a first interest.

Engevix did not react to a demand for input on the new renumeration charges, and a legal advisor for Dirceu was not quickly accessible for response.

An UTC Engenharia representative said the organization would have nothing to state on the matter.

(Revealing by Pedro Fonseca in Rio de Janeiro and Brad Brooks in Sao Paulo; Editing by W Simon and Paul Tait)

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