Brazil Ex-President Lula loses appeal against corruption conviction

(BRAZIL, LANKAPUVATH) –An appeals court in Brazil has unanimously upheld a corruption conviction imposed last July on ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

While he can still take his appeal to a higher court, the decision could rule Lula out as a candidate for October’s presidential election.

The ex-leader, who governed from 2003 to 2011, had been favourite to win.

Speaking at a rally in Sao Paulo after the ruling, Lula said he would still contest the presidency.

(BBC)

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