Former Brazilian president Lula sentenced to new jail sentence
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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, jailed since April, was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years and 11 months in jail for corruption and cash laundering in a second courtroom case, a courtroom stated.
The choose of justice has fallen once more earlier than the previous Brazilian president Lula, a historic determine of the Brazilian left imprisoned since final yr. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced on Wednesday, February 6 to 12 years and 11 months in jail for bribery and cash laundering, a courtroom stated.
Lula, who presided over the biggest energy in Latin America from 2003 to 2010, is already serving a sentence of 12 years and one month in jail in Curitiba, within the south of the nation, for corruption and cash laundering.
A specialist in prison legislation confirmed to the AFP that these two sentences may very well be collected, from the second they don’t add as much as 30 years in jail, the utmost in Brazil.
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"The accused obtained advantages"
The brand new sentence refers to work funded by two building teams on behalf of the previous president on a rural property in Atibaia, within the state of Sao Paulo (southeast).
It was reported that this work was carried out in change for contracts with the state petroleum group Petrobras. In line with the researchers, the quantity of the renovation quantities to multiple million reais (about 237,000 euros).
Lula has all the time refuted these accusations, stating that the Atibaia property didn’t belong to him and that it was registered within the title of one in every of his family members, Fernando Bittar.
This model didn’t persuade Choose Gabriela Hardt, who selected this new conviction.
"It’s a undeniable fact that the household of former President Lula frequented this farm diligently, as if he had been the proprietor." In 2014, Fernando Bittar affirmed that his household didn’t frequent it with the identical diligence, and that it was extra utilized by Lula's household, "defined the Justice of the Peace.
"The accused has obtained undue benefits resulting from his position as President of the Republic, which requires exemplary conduct," he added.
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Gabriela Hardt took cost of the archives of the intensive anti-corruption investigation known as "Lava Jato" on the finish of final yr, after the appointment of the emblematic choose Sergio Moro within the Ministry of Justice of the far proper President Jair Bolsonaro.
In July of 2017, it was Sergio Moro who sentenced Lula for the primary time, to 9 years and 6 months in jail, an elevated sentence on enchantment to 12 years and one month.
This different case referred to a division in entrance of the seashore that Lula supposedly obtained as a bribe from the OAS building group, additionally in change for favors to acquire public contracts associated to Petrobras.
Lula denies having dedicated any crime and claims to be a sufferer of a plot to stop him from returning to energy. For a very long time he was given a favourite within the presidential elections final October, earlier than being declared ineligible a month earlier.
"Let him rot in jail"
Jair Bolsonaro, who beat Lula's deputy, Fernando Haddad, within the second spherical of voting, stated that through the marketing campaign he anticipated the previous president of the left to rot in jail. He rapidly tweeted the announcement of Lula's new prayer on Wednesday.
Gleisi Hoffmann, president of the Staff' Celebration (PT), based by the previous leftist president within the 1980s, stated on Twitter: "The persecution of Lula continues." "Within the reminiscence of the individuals, he’ll all the time be larger than his tormentors," he added.