Former Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello has been sentenced to 8 years and 10 months in prison. in prison for corruption in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The judgment is part of the consequences of a wide-ranging investigation into bribery at car washes in the country.
The High Court found Collor guilty of Taking 20 million reais ($4 million) in bribes as a senator from 2010 to 2014 in exchange for contracting for construction company with subsidiary of state-run oil company Petrobras.
Color, 73, who led Brazil from 1990 to 1992, was already stained figure in Brazilian politics: countries first democratically elected president after 1964-1985 military dictatorship, he left it office To avoid impeachment, also over allegations of corruption.
Earlier this month the Supreme Court justices had found he is guilty of corruption and money laundering in Petrobras case in decision eight to two.
lead judge on case, Edson Fachin, recommended sentence of 33 years.
Data in the trial is “extremely serious” and “depicts a heinous abuse of of public functions for personal and tribal advancement,” Fashin said on Wednesday.
In his vote, Fashin said that “the then senator used his political clout to advance appointments in board of directors” of Subsidiary of Petrobras Distribuidora” and creation of facilities for institution of agreement,” the court said. official website.
money laundering carried out through more more than 40 deposits in Accounts in Color’s name and in 65 accounts of companies he owned.
His defense denies the accusations.
political star shone brightly during his triumph in 1989 elections in just 40 years, against Brazil current President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
With a nonconformist, jovial image, Collor was elected How social and political reformer who promised to hack down on high-paid absenteeism public officials.
A former national karate champion, he capitalized on image of a successful athlete.
But within two years in powerthousands took to the streets to demand his departure, and Congress opened impeachment proceedings after accusations of corruption.
The car wash investigation was also led to a conviction for bribery against Lula not letting him get up in elections of 2018 and sending it to jail for A year And half.
But Lula’s condemnation was later thrown out paving way for leader of the left run in And win last year presidential contest.
Exercise force behind a wide-ranging investigation into cases of bribery between Petrobras and the political elite of Brazil, was launched in 2014 and officially dissolved in 2021.