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Brazilian Ex-President Silva Sentenced to Over Nine Years In Jail For Corruption

The corruption case he is linked to is part of a massive investigation in Brazil.

FILE – In this July 5, 2017 file photo, Brazil’s Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the inauguration ceremony for the new leadership of the Workers’ Party, with ousted President Dilma Rousseff, behind, in Brasilia, Brazil. A Brazilian federal judge has convicted the former president of corruption and money laundering on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

A federal judge has convicted former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of corruption and money laundering and sentenced him to nine and a half years in jail.
Silva will remain free while an appeal is heard.

Silva was accused of receiving a beachfront apartment as a kickback from a construction company. The case is part of a massive corruption investigation that has roiled Brazilian politics that has seen business executives and elite politicians jailed.
Silva was president between 2003 and 2010.

 

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