Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula de Silva will be jailed as he appeals a corruption conviction that he claims is politically motivated, the Supreme Court ruled in the early hours of Thursday.
Mr. Lula says that the conviction is an attempt to block him from ruling in October’s presidential election with polls putting his campaign in first place among the candidates.
Brazil’s top court ruled against the embattled politician by six over five after a long-lasting session that Lula watched from the Metalworker’s Union, amongst his supporters, according to local reports.
Lula held the presidency from 2003 to 2011, and is hailed as a contentious figure in Brazilian politics.
The former president lost his first appeal in January of this year, and had the guilty sentence increased to 12 years from the previously stated nine.
In 2016, law that allowed defendants to remain free from incarceration until their final appeal was used had been challenged in a lower court ruling where those charged could be sent to jail after a failed first appeal.
The charges are sourced from Operation Car Wash which took out several top politicians from multiple parties in Brazil, with Lula accused of accepting a bribe worth some 3.7 million reais, or $1.1 million USD.
More details to follow. Image of Luiz Inácio Lula de Silva from The Bubble.