Corruption case could halt Brazil’s first anti-bribery law

Author: Gemma Varriale | Published: 1 Nov 2012

Brazil’s 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...