Brazil orders convicted ruling party officials to begin prison time

November 16, 2013 12:28 AM

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Brazil orders convicted ruling party officials to begin prison time

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court on Friday ordered former leaders of the ruling Workers' Party to begin serving sentences following landmark convictions over a congressional vote-buying scheme in a country with a long history of political corruption.

Jose Dirceu, a party founder and former chief of staff to former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, turned himself in to federal police Friday evening to begin serving a prison sentence of more than 10 years.

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