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Brazil: Court upholds President Lula corruption conviction - DW
A Brazilian appeals court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against a June 2017 graft conviction and nine-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Two judges on the three-judge panel ruled to uphold the conviction and extend the original sentence by nearly three years.

Wednesday's decision casts doubt on whether Lula can make good on his intention to run for presidency in 2018. A candidate is legally ineligible to run if they have a confirmed criminal conviction.

But Lula can appeal Wednesday's decision to higher courts. That route could delay a final conviction until after the August 15 deadline for candidates to register for the 2018 election and allow the former president to enter the race.

by Bernard on Thu Jan 25th, 2018 at 09:24:30 PM EST
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