Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for grafting a fall thanks to the iconic left-wing leader.
Lula, who ruled Brazil from 2003 to 2010, was sentenced on Wednesday and received a 9.5-year prison sentence for accepting a luxury apartment by the sea and $ 1.1 million, the final touch of a gigantic corruption investigation Which encompasses the largest economy in Latin America.
But Sergio Moro anti-corruption judge, Lula said, 71, remain free waiting for an appeal – something his lawyers said he would immediately drop.
However, the sentence was marked a strong blow in the perspective that Lula has managed to return to the presidential elections of October.
The verdict also sent a dramatic message to much of Brazil’s political class who were also likely to be free from anti-graft behavior.
Even the current president, Michel Temer, was accused of receiving bribes and several of his ministers resigned after accusations of corruption were made.
The radical change came about because of Operation “Car Wash,” a probe sweeping through a gigantic embezzlement and counter-reimbursement mechanism involves state oil company Petrobras, construction companies and several political parties – the head of the Lula among them.
But while cleaning the whole of life to many a Brazilian welcome, uncertainty hampers his country’s struggle for a historic recession.
The verdict against Lula “does not exclude the race for next year’s presidential election,” said Capital Economics, an economic analysis firm.
He said that the court ruling was “likely to lend a short-term Brazilian market ray”, because the likelihood of Lula, a former union leader, dropped to return to the economic reforms of energy and cancellation required defended by Temer.
The Workers’ Party called the sentencing and sentence of Lula ‘an attack on democracy’ and the Brazilian constitution, accusing the judge of bias.
Lula was “serene” when receiving the news, although he felt “a natural indignation, like any condemned without proof,” said one of his lawyers, Cristiano Zanin Martins.
Another lawyer, Valeska Zanin Martins added: “They want to leave Lula out of the presidential race, and Lula is the main ballot box.”
The conviction centered on accusations that Lula received triplex and money in the form of bribes from one of the largest Brazilian construction companies OAS.
The judge ordered the confiscation of the house.
“Among the crimes of corruption and money laundering, there are sufficient grounds for a total of nine sentence years and six months in prison,” said M. Moro in his verdict.
The ruling Moro – whose popularity in Brazil for its work against corruption has led some to see him as a potential presidential candidate – has fueled broader political rallies in Brazil.
Lula’s succession is chosen, Dilma Rousseff was accused and resigned last year, with Temer, vice president, taking over.
There are two weeks Moro sentenced a high-ranking minister in the Lula and Rousseff government, Antonio Palocci, to 12 years in prison for corruption.
Palocci has played a central role in the “Car Wash” program, most of which came when Lula’s Workers’ Party was in power from 2003 to 2016.