Written by Staff Writer at CNN
As news breaks of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her ex-fiancee Joao Queiroz getting ready to face each other in a federal court battle , CNN looks back at a couple of events that led to the ouster of the first female leader of a nation.
In 2013, as the Lava Jato (Car Wash) corruption investigation into high-level political and business leaders began taking shape, a string of investigations began to target Rousseff, who was widely seen as the focus of the investigation.
In November of that year, police raided her residence as part of a probe into a different corruption scheme. Days later, police again raided her office for evidence related to the Car Wash investigation.
In a subsequent raid, authorities found Rousseff’s personal correspondence, which, given her history as a corruption target, found its way to the media. More evidence emerged during the investigation, followed by the Senate impeachment trial.
In March 2014, Rousseff was impeached for breaking fiscal laws. She was suspended from office the following month.
Rousseff was the first female president of Brazil. She was also the first head of state from the developing world and the fourth female leader of a major country.
In February, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison by a federal court for manipulating government accounts.
Rousseff was the leader of Brazil when Car Wash started. She was impeached in the wake of it. Former CEO of Petrobras and convicted in Car Wash was sentenced to 12 years by a federal court for manipulating government accounts.