Thursday , February 22 2018 6:36 am
Home / International / Brazil’s ex-President Lula jailed for corruption

Brazil’s ex-President Lula jailed for corruption

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been convicted of corruption charges and sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison, court documents show.

The judge ruled he could remain free pending an appeal.

Lula has rejected claims he received an apartment as a bribe in a corruption scandal linked to state oil company Petrobras.

He says the trial is politically motivated and denies any wrongdoing.

The case is the first of five charges against him.

Lula served eight years as president until 2011 and has suggested he may run again in next year’s elections for the left-wing Workers’ Party.

On Wednesday, a judge found him guilty of accepting bribes from engineering firm OAS in the form of a beachfront apartment in return for his help in winning contracts with the state oil company.

The charges Lula faces all relate to the Car Wash scandal, the nickname for Brazil’s biggest ever corruption probe.

He is accused of bribery, money laundering, influence peddling and obstruction of justice.

 

 

Source: BBC

Check Also

Florida shooting: Nikolas Cruz confesses to police

The teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday has …

Cyril Ramaphosa due to become South Africa’s president

Cyril Ramaphosa is due to become South Africa’s president after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. …

South Africa: ANC ‘decides Zuma must go’

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) will formally ask for President Jacob Zuma to …

Leave Your Comment

%d bloggers like this: