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Jul
2017
Monday 17th
posted by Morning Star in World

LAWYERS for former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva filed their first appeal at the weekend against his conviction for accepting bribes and his nine-and-a-half-year jail sentence.

Judge Sergio Moro, who has been spearheading the Operation Car Wash corruption investigation, found him guilty of accepting bribes in the form of a beachfront apartment in Guaruja.

The defence cites a series of “omissions in the case files,” insisting that ownership of the property remains with the construction company.

The former president told a Workers Party rally in Sao Paulo that there was no evidence to justify his conviction, calling the conviction politically motivated.

A DataPoder360 Institute opinion poll released at the weekend shows him as the electorate’s clearly preferred presidential candidate for next year’s elections.

His presidential successor Dilma Rousseff noted that right-wing forces “do not have a candidate to compete against Lula,” adding: “They want to stop Lula from being eligible.”




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