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Top Brazil Court Acquits Head of Workers' Party of Graft

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:37 AM

SAO PAULO (AP) — Justices on Brazil's highest court have acquitted the Workers' Party president of corruption and money-laundering charges in a case stemming from the country's massive graft investigation.

Prosecutors alleged that Sen. Gleisi Hoffmann accepted more than $260,000 in illegal campaign contributions siphoned from contracts of Petrobras, the state-run oil company that's at the center of the Car Wash probe that has uncovered billions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

Hoffmann said the charges were invented to discredit her party, an allegation she has also made in defending former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the party founder who was convicted of corruption. She said accusations against her came solely from unreliable cooperating witnesses.

Supreme Court justices ruled late Tuesday that prosecutors provided no evidence corroborating the plea-bargain testimony. Prosecutors can appeal.

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