Fernando Collor de Mello is nowadays a Senator in the Brazilian parliament. However, in the early 1990’s he was actually the President of the country for two years from 1990 to 1992.

In the year 2000 Mr. Collor was accused of criminal fraud, allegedly committed during his presidency, The accusations claimed he had embezzled public funds at that time by promoting fraudulent and unnecessary contracts.

Unfortunately the case has dragged on year after year, facing numerous procedural delays and problems. It’s even claimed that these recent charges bear no relation to the earlier ones in the mid nineties for which he was cleared,

At last, though, the matter has now been mostly settled and he has been acquitted of all the major charges. Some of the lesser ones are still pending.