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Brazil leader’s ex-aide seeks flexible prison stay

November 26, 2013

BRASILIA (AP) — The chief of staff of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wants to work as a hotel manager in Brasilia while serving time for his role in Brazil’s biggest corruption scheme.

Jose Dirceu was given 10 years and 10 months in a “semi-open” regime allowing him to do supervised work during the day and sleep inside a prison at night.

Attorney Jose Luis de Oliveira Lima has asked the Supreme Court to let Direcu work as manager of Brasilia’s Hotel St. Peter.

The Supreme Court’s press office says the request has been received but justices have not yet studied it.

The scheme that came to light in 2005 involved Dirceu and other top presidential aides who paid off legislators to back ruling party initiatives in Congress. Silva wasn’t implicated.

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