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.”