A judge has sentenced the former speaker of the lower house of the Brazilian Congress, Eduardo Cunha, to 15 years and four months in prison. Cunha was found guilty of corruption, money laundering and tax evasion. He led the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff and was one of Brazil's most powerful politicians before his arrest in October.
Judge Sergio Moro said he should be held in custody even while appeals are under way. Judge Moro argued that, even though Cunha no longer held political office, there was a risk he could continue engaging in corruption, intimidation and extortion.
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