Swiss return corrupt judge's millions to Brazil
AFP · 9 Jul 2013, 23:23
Published: 09 Jul 2013 23:23 GMT+02:00
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The move came after Nicolau Dos Santos, the former head of the labour tribunal in the megapolis of Sao Paulo, lost a decade-long battle to stop the money being released.
"These are funds that Mr. Dos Santos and his wife siphoned off," Switzerland's federal justice department said in a statement on Tuesday announcing the handover.
Dos Santos was convicted in his homeland in 2002 for a raft of crimes including money laundering, abuse of trust, accepting bribes, and fraud.
The money hidden in Switzerland had officially been destined for the construction of a new court building in Sao Paulo, the Swiss justice department said.
Swiss investigators blocked the funds amid an investigation launched in 1999, and Dos Santos launched a lawsuit to try to stop them being handed over, finally losing in Switzerland's top court in 2012.