Italy authorized the extradition to Brazil of a former member of the South American country’s ruling party, who was convicted of corruption in a cash-for-votes scandal. He avoided jail after fleeing Rio de Janeiro using the passport of his deceased brother.
Henrique Pizzolato, a former marketing manager at state-run Banco do Brasil, will return to Brazil where he was sentenced by the Supreme Court for embezzlement and money laundering, according to a statement from the public prosecutor’s office.
Pizzolato was arrested in February 2014 by Italian police after traveling from Rio de Janeiro via Paraguay, Argentina and Spain using the identity of his brother who died in 1978. His incarceration was ordered in 2013.