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Brazil Court Orders Arrests in 2005 Cash-for-Votes Probe

Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of a former cabinet chief, four congressmen and four former congressmen involved in a 2005 bribery scandal, marking the first definitive jail sentences for such high-profile politicians.

Arrest orders were sent to the federal police yesterday for 12 individuals including Jose Dirceu, cabinet chief under former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and Jose Genoino, a current member of congress and one-time head of Lula’s Workers’ Party. Dirceu and Genoino and nine others on the court’s list have surrendered to authorities since last night.