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Brazil’s ex-President Lula da Silva sentenced to Jail for Corruption

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Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been sentenced to 9 years and 6 months in prison for fraud.

Silva was found guilty of accepting 3.7 million Brazilian Real ($1.1m) bribe from an engineering firm, the Independent reports.

A massive clampdown on corruption is ongoing in Brazil, with judges handing out to business elites and politicians jail time if found guilty.

“The present conviction does not bring this judge any personal satisfaction. Quite the contrary, it is regrettable that a former president be criminally convicted. It doesn’t matter how high you are, the law is still above you,” Judge Sergio Moro, who handed out the sentence, wrote in his decision.

According to Guardian, Lula’s lawyers, Cristiano Martins and Valeska Martins, attacked the sentence in a statement:

President Lula is innocent. For over three years, Lula has been subject to a politically motivated investigation. No credible evidence of guilt has been produced, and overwhelming proof of his innocence blatantly ignored. We will prove Lula’s innocence in all unbiased courts including the United Nations.

10 Comments

  1. Kbear

    July 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Waawuu…Some day we will be able to implement such laws in Nigeria.

    • Sunshine in London

      July 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      I can’t wait!

  2. Ephi

    July 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Which day will we hear this kind of news in Nigeria? Instead of all the nonsense media trial they parade all over the place..

  3. rita agyei

    July 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    The question is when will Africans and our leaders be this bold to sentence corrupt people to jail?

  4. Dzy

    July 13, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Best president Brazil ever had. He disintegrated the Brazilian economy and the benefits reached the poor and middle class, guiding the economy to unprecedented economic growth. The elite were not happy the fought back got back power now they are making him pay for putting them in an uncomfortable position, to set an example.

    • Anon

      July 13, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Yes! He turned that country around.

      The same set of people (the elite) who orchestrated Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.

      Michel Temer’s time is coming. Very soon and he will suffer a fate worse than his predecessors. The country is going through the worst recession in its history under Temer.

    • Anon

      July 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      BN why is my comment awaiting moderation?

  5. Ottawa Queen

    July 13, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Meanwhile in Nigeria Efcc is still playing “catcher” with some of our most corrupt leaders. . .continue to dey chop money they clean mouth o. See your mates. . .

  6. Victor Adegoke

    July 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    One day, we will get it right in arresting Corrupt Politicians,and making them face the ambits of the law.

  7. Gold

    July 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Hmmmmm, when will this ever happen in Naija???

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