After 18 months in prison, Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pledged to bring the country back to the left.
Across Latin America justice is increasingly wielded to settle political scores. With increasing political polarisation the rule of law is suffering which does not bode well for the long term wellbeing of Latin American nations.
The government has made concessions, including cutting the price of diesel for 60 days and lifting several taxes. Some of the truckers associations have signed on to the deals. Others say they are not enough.
Federal judge Sergio Moro said Lula must "present himself voluntarily" to police in the southern city of Curitiba, where the "Car Wash" probe is based, by 2000 GMT (5pm) on Friday.
Brazil's top court voted 6-5 to reject former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's petition to stay out of prison while appealing a corruption conviction. The decision means da Silva will likely soon be forced to serve his 12-year sentence.
Brazil's top prosecutor alleged that some members of the Workers Party, including Lula and Rousseff, committed a series of crimes involving state-owned oil firm Petrobras such as cartel formation, corruption and money laundering.
Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki was killed in a plane crash on Thursday. Four people were on board the small plane that went down off the coast of Paraty.
Former house speaker Eduardo Cunha faces corruption charges, money laundering and tax evasion linked to state oil company Petrobras.
The powerful politician is accused of receiving $1 million in graft but Lula says he is innocent.
Brazil's first female president Dilma Rousseff has been formally impeached by the Senate in Brazil, but can still keep her political career alive and even run for office in the country's next elections.
Suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff told senators in emotional testimony at her trial that voting for her impeachment would amount to a "coup d'etat."
Brazil's Senate rejected a surprise decision by the acting speaker of the lower house, who tried to annul the key vote.
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