Senate President Renan Calheiros to face Supreme Court for corruption

The Brazilian Supreme Court voted on 1 December 2016 to review the corruption case of Senate President Renan Calheiros (PMDB-AL) (Folha de S. Paulo, Globo G1). Calheiros initially stood accused of illegally allocating pension public funds between 2004 and 2006 to a daughter he had with journalist Mônica Veloso, when he served as Chief of Staff under the Lula administration. The Supreme Court ministers also investigated a 2013 claim that Calheiros presented falsified documents to the Senate in 2007 to pay into his daughter's pension fund. However, the Court discarded this claim. According to Brazil's General Attorney's Office, Calheiros also used half of his monthly cabinet stipend between January and July 2005 to pay a car rental shop that subsequently made larger loans to the Senator. Calheiros could face two to twelve years in prison if convicted on the remaining corruption charges.