Brazil Court Reduces Lula Sentence, Opening Door to Partial Detention

In a unanimous decision, the four judges on the Court panel hearing Lula's appeal agreed to uphold his conviction but cut the sentence to eight years and 10 months.

By Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Superior Court of Justice on Tuesday reduced former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's 12-year sentence for bribery and money laundering.

In a unanimous decision, the four judges on the Court panel hearing Lula's appeal agreed to uphold his conviction but cut the sentence to eight years and ten months. The Superior Court of Justice is the country’s second-highest court.

The ruling, broadcast live on the court's YouTube channel, could mean Lula is eligible for "semi-open" prison later this year.

The 73-year-old leftist . . .

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