Rio State Governor at time of Olympic bid sentenced to 14 years in prison

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Former Rio de Janeiro State Governor Sérgio Cabral has been sentenced to 14 years in prison today after being found guilty of corruption and money laundering charges.

Some of the allegations involve construction projects connected with Brazil’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and then the Olympic and Paralympic Games two years later.

This includes alleged embezzlement of funds from the renovation work in the Maracanã Stadium used for the FIFA World Cup final and all Rio 2016 ceremonies.

The 54-year-old served as Governor of Rio between 2007 and 2014.

He was heavily involved in preparations for the Olympics before and after the city was awarded the Games in 2009.

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