Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Brazil ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvaloses appeal against corruption conviction

An appeals court in Brazil has upheld a conviction for corruption imposed last July on ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

While he can still take his appeal to a higher court, the decision could rule Lula out as a candidate for October's presidential election.

The ex-leader, who governed from 2003 to 2011, had been favourite to win.

Ahead of the ruling, Lula said he would continue fighting "for the dignity of the Brazilian people" until he died.

On Wednesday, two of the three judges at the appeals court in the city of Porto Alegre said Lula had broken the law by accepting a seafront apartment from a construction company involved in a major corruption scheme.
They voted that his original sentence should be increased from nine-and-a-half years to 12 years and one month.

The third judge on the panel is voting now, and his decision could determine how Lula's expected appeal will proceed.

BBC            News.

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