A Brazilian appeals federal court Wednesday (Jan.24) upheld ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s conviction for corruption and money laundering . The same court also ruled that his original nine-and-a-half years jail sentence be extended to 12 years and one month.
The appeals court decision effectively ends Lula’s hopes to run for reelection next October. Before the election he said he would continue to fight “for the dignity of the Brazilian people”, insisting he had not committed any crime.
In his first trial, last July Lula was found guilty of receiving bribes from construction company OAS in the form of a beachfront luxury apartment in Guaruja, Sao Paulo state. Lula denied such accusations, saying that they were politically motivated.