Home / Foreign / Ex-President Of Brazil Sentenced To Nearly 10 Years In Prison For Corruption

Ex-President Of Brazil Sentenced To Nearly 10 Years In Prison For Corruption

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a top contender to win next year’s presidential election, was convicted on corruption charges yesterday and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison.

The ruling marked a stunning fall for Lula, one of the country’s most popular politicians, and a serious blow to his chances of a political comeback. The former union leader, who won global praise for policies to reduce stinging inequality in Brazil, faces four more corruption trials and will remain free on appeal.

The verdict represented the highest-profile conviction yet in a sweeping corruption investigation that for over three years has rattled Brazil, revealing a sprawling system of graft at top levels of business and government.

Judge Sergio Moro found Lula, 71, guilty of accepting 3.7 million reais ($1.2 million) worth of bribes from engineering firm OAS SA, the amount of money prosecutors said the company spent refurbishing a beach apartment for Lula in return for his help winning contracts with state oil company Petroleo Brasileiro.

Check Also

Pastor seeks to divorce wife of 25 years for placing curses on him with her private part

A pastor, Bernard Towoju, who says he cannot tolerate his wife’s ill-nature and troubles, on …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *