Jakarta Post

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Video Weather icon 30°C
DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
30°C Partly Cloudy

Dry and mostly cloudy throughout the day.

  • Wed

    26℃ - 32℃

  • Thu

    25℃ - 32℃

  • Fri

    25℃ - 31℃

  • Sat

    26℃ - 30℃

Former Brazil leader Lula gets 10 years for graft

  • Damian Wroclavsky

    Agence France-Presse

Brasilia | Thu, July 13, 2017 | 02:08 pm
Former Brazil leader Lula gets 10 years for graft Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a news conference with foreign journalists in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 28. Lula da Silva has been recently linked to a sprawling corruption investigation with ties to the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras. (Associated Press/Andre Penner)

Lula, who ruled Brazil from 2003-2010, was convicted and handed a 9.5-year prison term for accepting a bribe of a luxury seaside apartment and $1.1 million.

But anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, who handed down the sentence, said the 71-year-old Lula would remain free pending an appeal -- something his lawyers immediately said they would lodge.

"We are appealing and will prove his innocence," the lawyers said in a statement sent to AFP.

The conviction nevertheless landed a heavy blow on the prospect of Lula making a political comeback in presidential elections due in October next year.

The verdict also sent a dramatic message to much of the rest of Brazil's political class that they, too, risked falling afoul of the anti-graft drive.

Even the current president, Michel Temer, has been charged with taking bribes and several of his ministers have resigned after corruption claims were made.

The sea change has come about because of Operation "Car Wash," a sweeping anti-corruption probe looking into a giant embezzlement and kickbacks scheme involving state-owned oil group Petrobras, construction firms and several political parties -- Lula's Workers' Party chief among them.

Join the discussions