December 15, 1994 |
A day after clearing former President Fernando Collor de Mello of corruption, the Supreme Court threw the book at his top aide. The court voted unanimously late Tuesday to convict Paulo Cesar Farias, the high-living treasurer of Collor's 1989 presidential campaign, of falsifying official documents. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined 21,000 reals, or about $25,000.
May 25, 1993 |
Dream a dream about an animal, say a monkey or a parrot or even an ostrich. Take your dream to the sidewalk and approach the man at the corner, the one sitting on a beer crate with a scratch pad and the mien of a bookie. Let the man translate your vision into a "bet," scratching down a number that corresponds to one creature or another in his bestiary. Take the hand-scribbled stub, and come back later to see if you are a winner.
September 24, 1992 |
The Brazilian Supreme Court dealt a stunning blow Wednesday to President Fernando Collor de Mello in his fight against impeachment, denying his request for more time to contest charges against him in the lower house of Congress. The court's decision also rejected Collor's arguments that the impeachment vote should be secret. "The elector should vote secretly, not the elected," said Justice Octavio Galloti in his prevailing opinion.
September 11, 1992 |
Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday gave President Fernando Collor de Mello more time to prepare his last-ditch attempt to stave off impeachment, but the resignation of the president's chief of staff reinforced the impression that he still faces long odds. In a 7-1 decision, the court ruled that Congress must give the president until Sept. 24 or 25 to respond to accusations that he benefited from a giant influence-peddling scheme. Collor was originally ordered to complete his defense by Sept. 17.
March 1, 1992 |
A state appeals court has annulled the conviction of a rancher for plotting the 1988 murder of Brazilian rain forest activist Chico Mendes. Environmentalists called it a major step backward for their movement in Brazil. The court in Rio Branco, in the Amazon jungle 2,600 miles northwest of Rio, overturned the 1990 conviction of rancher Darly Alves da Silva on Friday but upheld the conviction of his son, Darci Pereira. Both had been sentenced to 19 years in prison.
February 16, 1989
Brazil's court of appeals has dropped charges against two Indians who lobbied abroad against construction of dams on their land and a U.S. scientist who served as their interpreter, a court official announced. Charges against Kaiapo tribe leaders Kubei Kaiapo and Paulinho Paiakan were dropped after the federal court ruled that they could not be tried. Charges against scientist Darrel Posey were also dropped.