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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Ex-Brazilian president Lula sentenced to 9 years in jail, convicted on corruption

Ex-Brazilian president Lula sentenced to 9 years in jail, convicted on corruption

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison.


The ruling marked a stunning fall for Lula, one of the country's most popular politicians and a top contender to win next year's presidential election. He faces four more corruption trials and will remain free on appeal.

Judge Sergio Moro found Lula, 71, guilty of accepting $1.2 million worth of bribes from engineering firm OAS SA, the amount of money prosecutors said the company spent refurbishing a beach apartment for Lula in return for his help winning contracts with state oil company Petroleo Brasileiro (PETR4.SA).

Federal prosecutors have accused Lula, Brazil's first working-class president from 2003 to 2011, of masterminding a long-running corruption scheme that was uncovered in a probe into kickbacks around Petrobras. The verdict represented the highest-profile conviction in Brazil.




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