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Friend of Brazil president charged

Brazil’s Supreme Court on Tuesday charged one of the president’s closest confidants with conspiracy in a corruption scandal that has toppled much of his inner circle. But analysts say Jose Dirceu would rather spend years in prison than go down swinging against Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Dirceu, a former revolutionary once seen as a potential Brazilian president, now faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of corruption and conspiracy for allegedly orchestrating a scheme to buy support in Congress for Silva’s policies. Full Story

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