BRAZIL: The People's Thief

For the 18 years that he has been running the gaudiest one-man show in Brazilian politics, Sáo Paulo's millionaire ex-Governor Adhemar de Barros has plopped in and out of hot water like a boardinghouse soup bone. Opponents hinted freely at slush funds, financial skulduggery, and the existence of a "little box" filled to overflowing with bundles of boodle for political pals. Even last year, when Adhemar (as all Brazilians call him) was running for the presidency, he faced a charge that, while governor from 1947 to 1951 he had passed out 3,000,000...

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