Brazil’s biggest corruption act, responsibles being jailed

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Brazil has started to jail the responsibles of the country’s biggest corruption scandal, the “Mensalão” (big monthly allowance).

Ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s former chief of staff was among the first to surrender to the police.

The “Mensalão” was a scheme to pay opposition politicians for supporting President Lula’s government.

Mr Lula was not implicated in the case.

The trial is seen as a test of Brazil’s attempts to crack down on corruption.

On Thursday, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that most of the politicians, businessmen and bankers convicted in the country’s biggest corruption trial had to start their jail terms immediately.

The arrest warrants were issued on Friday.

Jose Genoino, a former president of the governing Workers’ Party (PT) was the first to give himself up to the police.

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