WORLD Brazil's court affirms ex-president Lula guilty in 2nd corruption case


Brazil's court affirms ex-president Lula guilty in 2nd corruption case


17:40, November 28, 2019

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the opening ceremony of the Workers Party (PT) Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nov 22, 2019. (Photo: Agencies)

RIO DE JANEIRO - A Brazilian court of appeals affirmed on Wednesday a guilty sentence for ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a second corruption case.

Lula is accused of taking bribes to renovate a country home in Atibaia, Sao Paulo state, which he has always denied, saying that the house has never belonged to him, but to a friend who let him use it freely.

Lula's defense said there is no evidence linking the renovation to Lula.

The appeals court also raised the sentence from 12 years and 11 months to 17 years and one month, for money laundering and corruption.

All three judges of the court affirmed the sentence unanimously.

Lula was found guilty in a previous accusation of corruption, which was later affirmed by the appeals court. He was arrested and started serving a sentence of eight years and 10 months since April 2018.

However, Lula was released earlier this month following a ruling of the Brazil's Supreme Federal Court, which determined that defendants in Brazil will only be arrested after the last appeal of their processes.

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue