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Former Brazilian governor turns himself in to police

Jamaica Gleaner / SAO PAULO (AP):

A former mayor and governor of Sao Paulo state has turned himself in to Brazilian police to begin serving a nearly eight-year sentence for money laundering.

Paulo Maluf surrendered yesterday morning, a day after Supreme Court Judge Edson Fachin turned down Maluf’s appeal of his 93-month sentence. Fachin also ruled that the 86-year-old must would be stripped of his current congressional seat.

Maluf was sentenced to jail in May for taking more than $15 million in bribes and kickbacks when commissioning the construction of a highway and other projects as mayor of Sao Paulo between 1993 and 1996.

His lawyer said he would appeal Fachin’s ruling.

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