The once powerful speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in a landmark for the country’s battle against rampant, high-level corruption.
The sentence, detailed in a court document signed by top anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro in Curitiba, likely signals the end of the road for a man who spearheaded last year’s controversial impeachment of leftist president Dilma Rousseff.
Moro, frequently cited as a hero by Brazilians at anti-corruption demonstrations, cited Cunha’s “crimes of corruption, money laundering and fraudulent deposit of money (abroad)” in handing down the sentence of 15 years and four months.

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