Brazilian Court reaffirms heavier prison sentence for ex-president Lula

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A Brazilian court of appeal has the conviction of ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for corruption confirmed. He will get a prison sentence of 9.5 years in prison. This probably means the end of the career of the 72-year-old Lula.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – known popularly as Lula was president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. In July last year he was sentenced to 9.5 years in prison for corruption and money laundering. Lula went in appeal. Today, the court of appeal ruled on the case.

Two of the three judges agreed in the earlier condemnation of standing. The third magistrate still needs to vote, but this will be the case not change.

He should have been acquitted, the way was open for him in October a new throw to do to the presidency. The chance was large that he that elections would win: the ex-president is still very popular in Brazil and is in the polls far ahead of his competitors.

But by the decision of Wednesday, the politician will normally not be a candidate in the presidential elections of October.

The ex-president after losing his appeal against the judgment in first instance to a higher court, withdraw, reported the British public broadcaster BBC. For the verdict fell, told Lula that he would continue to fight for the dignity of the Brazilian people, ” says the BBC.

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