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Supreme Court decides to overturn Lula’s sentence (or not)

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The political horizon for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is serious. The Brazilian Supreme Court will rule on a plenary session on Friday, March 12, after Judge Edson Fachin dismissed former president’s corruption cases after the prosecution’s appeal was rejected.

“I follow the reasons that led to the habeas corpus sanction” To Lula, the decision can now be made by eleven judges of the Plenary Assembly of the Supreme Court Cancellation of sentence must be “Maintaining or not”, Friday evening Shri. Fachin wrote, dismissing the prosecution’s earlier appeal and asking for a reconsideration of the decision.

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The former Brazilian president (2003-2010) has five days to state his position on the case, which can be added to the agenda of Supreme Court judges without delay.

Judge Fachin was the only court in the country to convict Lula in four trials. “Not eligible”. He had ordered that the two sentences and the two cases awaiting trial be transferred to another court in Brasilia. Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, 75, has been accused of accepting bribes in favor of construction companies in awarding public contracts. It is affiliated with the state oil company Petrobras.

The appeal, which was rejected on Friday, asked the prosecution to reinstate at least two sentences, arguing their legal merits and the fact that they were Lula. “Appointed Leader” Of the petrobras system.

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Not bleached yet

The former Brazilian president (2003-2011) is not for everyone who has deviated from allegations of corruption, but this repeal of the transformation allows him to regain his political rights even if he is not safe from another political court. Twist. The cards for the 2022 presidential election in Brazil are being completely re-arranged, a country highly polarized by the possibility of a duel between the icon of the left and the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Lula’s sentence in Curitiba as part of an anti-corruption campaign “Lava Jato” (Express Washing) Already insulted in recent months, the neutrality of judges and prosecutors has been questioned by the exchange of messages revealed by the site The Intercept Brazil.

The first sentence, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and eight months in prison, is for a triple-apartment apartment near the sea that Lula allegedly received from a public works company. The second related renovation work was funded by two building groups on a rural property in Atibaya, So Paulo (southeast).

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Both sentences were upheld on appeal. The former president was convicted in two cases of allegedly misappropriating companies’ contributions to the Lula Institute. He was sentenced to one and a half years in prison from April 2018 to November 2019 on corruption charges. Before release by collective decision of the Supreme Court.

The World with AFP

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