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Brazil’s Supreme Orders Inquiry on Government’s Vote-Buying Scheme

Brazil’s Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal) (STF) has ordered an investigation into whether or not there was a congressional payoff scheme in which some members of Congress received “monthly allowances” (mesadas) for voting with the government.

Chief Justice, Nelson Jobim, gave instructions to the Federal Police, authorizing them to analyze documents and identify any member of the government, including the Congress, who signed receipts or made withdrawals from bank accounts belonging to adman, Marcos Valério. Valério is accused of being the COO of the payoff scheme.


The Brazilian Federal Police informed they already have all the documents they need and that the officers in charge of the investigations have started their work.


They will examine all the names of people who withdrew money from Marco Valério’s account at the Banco Rural branch, in Brasí­lia.


At the moment, a Parliamentary Investigation Commission (CPI) is investigating the case as well.


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