Ex-Speaker Eduardo Cunha, icon of Brazilian political corruption, jailed for 15 years

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s former Speaker of the House, Eduardo Cunha, called by many the most corrupt politician in Brazil, has been sentenced to 15 years and 4 months in prison.

Mr. Cunha, 58 years old, was found guilty of taking about $1.5 million in bribes from a contract by state controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, laundering the money, and hiding it in secret bank.

Cunha was the driving force behind the August impeachment of former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. Less than one month later, Cunha was expelled from his position in the Brazilian Congress on charges of corruption.