Mensalão corruption case has been closely-watched by
the nation, keen to see the
end of corrupt practices among high-level officials. But
some believe that the case has undermined efforts to introduce
a tough new anti-bribery law.
Seven years after the scandal broke, scores of
those accused have been convicted and the Supreme Court is now
moving to sentencing. It is thought that punishments could
include a prison sentence or community service.
The Mensalão case (or big-monthly-allowance case)
revealed sustained corruption at the heart of Brazilian
politics. The scheme involved a cabal of elected politicians
taking public money and distributing it to opposition...