By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In a surprising turn of events, federal judge Sergio Moro, sentenced Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to nine years and six months in prison for passive corruption and money laundering on Wednesday, July 12th.

The former leader is charged with accepting million-dollar renovations on a beachfront apartment from large construction and engineering firms in exchange for ‘advantages’ in public contracts, including those with state-owned oil giant Petrobras.

“The transfer [ownership] of the apartment and the renovations, as well as the payment of storage costs . . .

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