Brazilian Supreme Court Overturns Ex-President Lula’s Conviction

A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has invalidated all the convictions of the country’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, which made him eligible to run for the 2022 presidential election.

Justice Edson Fachin on Monday found that the federal court in the southern city of Curitiba that issued his sentences did not have the jurisdiction to try the former president.

He was convicted twice for corruption and money laundering and was sentenced to nine-year and six months in 2017 for allegedly a Brazilian engineering company secure contracts with Petrobras in alleged exchange for a beachfront apartment from the company. Two years later, he was sentenced to 12 years in a similar case.

“Today’s decision reaffirms the incompetence of the Curitiba Federal Court (and) the recognition that we have always been right in this long juridical battle,” the former president’s defense team said in a statement.

Lula denied the corruption allegations said they were politically motivated to keep him out of presidential politics.

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