Ex-President bags 9 years jail term for indulging in corruption

Ex-President bags 9 years jail term for indulging in corruption

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' meteoric rise to progressive mass appeal has recently been imperiled by his wife's previous tenure as president of the now-defunct Burlington College.

The conviction focused on allegations that Lulareceived the triplex apartment and cash as bribes from one of Brazil's biggest construction companies, OAS. Investigators came to the conclusion that Lula is the real owner of a three-storey luxury house in a resort.

Lula' lawyers said he is innocent.

Lula's defense team presented last month a final appeal against the charges, saying they didn't have any evidence against him. He led strikes against Brazil's military government, which fell in the mid-1980s, and he was briefly jailed when a court ruled a strike illegal.

With the political establishment mortally threatened, calls for the corruption probes to be reined in have mounted.

According to judge Moro, he would have received a total of largesse to the tune of 3.7 million réais (1.06 million euros) to intercede in favour of the company in the obtaining of public contracts by the oil giant Petrobras. But he also introduced welfare policies that helped lift 36 million people out of poverty.

Silva was accused of receiving a beachfront apartment and repairs to the property as kickbacks from construction company OAS. Michel Temer has only been president for a few months and took office when Dilma Rousseff was impeached last year. The two presidents, who were elected by voters disillusioned with their governing elites, will enjoy dinner tonight in one of the city's most expensive restaurants - Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower, where a six-course tasting menu featuring gold cavier, marinated sea bream and blue lobster costs €230 ($262).

As reported by Bloomberg, the guilty verdict on Lula, one of the most popular presidents in Brazilian history, weakens his chances of leading the Workers' Party back into power in the 2018 elections. "As such, his culpability is also" enormous when he commits crimes, Judge Moro wrote.

POLITICAL YEARS: Silva and other union leaders founded the Workers' Party in 1980. Both men are viewed as national heroes by some parts of Brazilian society.

"All these things coming together presented a perfect sunny day, and Lula was at the helm".

The latest Datafolha polls shows Gomes and Doria in a technical tie in a second-round presidential vote next year. "This is an attack on democracy", she said. "No matter how important you are, no one is above the law".

This was the first of five trials Lula must face, and he will likely appeal this conviction.

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