Brazil’s Supreme Court has found three top aides of former President Luiz Inacio da Silva guilty of corruption.
The court ruled Lula’s former chief of staff Jose Dirceu, co-founder of the ruling Workers’ Party, ran a scheme of monthly payments to politicians in exchange for their votes in Congress.
Lula has denied the existence of a vote-buying scheme. But more than two dozen other legislators, bank executives and business figures have already been convicted on fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges in what’s been dubbed the “trial of the century.”
The trio now face jail terms of between two and 12 years.