Quick update: Mensalão do DEM corruption scandal in Brazil

On December 5th, 2009, I made the following post on my Tumblr: Another corruption Scandal in Brazil

Well, I’m glad to be here today to comunicate that José Roberto Arruda, Governor of the Federal District in Brasilia, Brazil’s Capital, was arrested due to being the main pawn in the mentioned corruption scandal (called “Mensalão do DEM”, “DEM” standing for “Democrats”, Brazil’s top conservative party.). And until 13:00 of today, Friday, he had his Habeas Corpus denied by the Supreme Court. That is, he will remain behind the bars at least for the next few days.

This is a landmark in the fight against corruption in Brazil. Even in case Arruda later gets released from jail, not many corrupt politicians served jailtime in Brazil.

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