The Brazilian Supreme court has Tuesday the imprisonment of ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva sharply shortened. Lula sees his stay in prison will be reduced from 12 years and one month to 8 years and 10 months. As a result, the 73-year-old ex-president as from september will be eligible for a semi-open prison regime or under house arrest, report local media.
The judges spoke out after the defense of Lula profession had appealed against the prison sentence. They held, among other things, with the advanced age of the politician. The debates were shown live on YouTube.
Lula was the beginning of 2018 sentenced to 12 years and a month cell, for his role in a corruption-scandal. That punishment, he is sitting since 7 april last year. His file was linked to the large-scale corruption investigation Lava Jato (Car Wash), that the link between politicians and the state-owned company Petrobras is investigating. At the time of the presidency of Lula would the oil company ‘commissions’ paid in exchange for the grant of oil rigs and other concessions.
By his incarceration could Lula do not participate in the presidential elections in October 2018, which he, however, was the favourite. His absence turned out in favor of the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who, on 1 January the oath as president of Brazil.
Lula himself was from 2003 to 2010 president. The former president, during his tenure the country and also saw the economy grow strongly. His social policies made him very popular with the poorer groups of the population, despite the growing concern about corruption in his government.