Brazil’s former minister Palocci enters plea deal talks

Former Brazilian Finance Minister Antonio Palocci entered talks with federal police to strike a plea bargain deal, in a potential blow to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s chances of running in next year’s election, newspaper Folha de S.Paulo said on Tuesday.

Palocci, one of the closest advisers to Lula and former president Dilma Rousseff between 2003 and 2011, has been in jail since September of last year on charges that he ran a bribery scheme that funneled money to the former-ruling Workers Party’s (PT).

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