On Wednesday, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled that former President Fernando Collor (1990-1992) be imprisoned for 8 years and 10 months after he was convicted of financial corruption and money laundering charges in the framework of the Petrobras scandal.
Eight of the court’s ten judges voted last Thursday in favor of convicting the former president of the charges against him.
And on Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued the sentence against the convict, noting that the court’s rapporteur, Judge Edson Fashin, had announced, following the conviction verdict, that the penalty for the charges of which the former president was convicted was up to 33 years in prison.
Collor, 73, is the first Brazilian president to be democratically elected by direct universal suffrage after the end of the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985.
The former president is accused of taking bribes worth 20 million riyals (about 3.8 million euros) between 2010 and 2014 when he was a senator.