According to the Public Ministry, around 40 payments were made to “irregularly facilitate” the signing of contracts and Collor de Mello received 20 million reais in bribes.
Former center-right Brazilian president Fernando Collor de Mello (1990-1992) was sentenced by the Federal Supreme Court for corruption and money laundering in the context of the Lava Jato scandal.
Eight of the ten judges ruled in favor of the conviction. The rapporteur judge in the case, Edson Fachin, suggested a 33 years in prisonbut this will only be announced on May 31st.
The first head of state elected by direct universal suffrage after the military dictatorship, Collor, 73, is accused of receiving 20 million reais (about 3.8 million euros) in bribes between 2010 and 2014, when he was a senator.
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Fachin considered that the former president used the “political influence to facilitate the signing of contracts”.
According to the Public Ministry, around 40 payments were made to “irregularly facilitate” the signing of these contracts between a construction company and a subsidiary of the state oil company Petrobras.
The defense refuted all charges.
The investigation was opened in the framework of the scandal. jet washthat shook Brazil from 2014.
Collor de Mello ruled Brazil from 1990 to 1992, resigning just as the country’s Congress was preparing to conclude a impeachment process for passive corruptionaccusation of which he would later be acquitted by Justice.
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He returned to politics in 2006, being elected senator for Alagoas (northeast), a position he held until the end of last year.