Upheld Verdict for Brazil’s Lula May Keep Him From Presidency

According to the Ficha Limpa bill persons convicted of crimes are not eligible to run for public office which may keep Lula from this year's Presidential elections.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Three Brazilian judges from a regional court in Porto Alegre maintained on Wednesday the conviction of former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, raising his sentence from the original nine and a half years in prison to twelve years and one month.

After the hearing supporters and opposition spoke about sentence and the former leader’s chances of being allowed to run in this year’s Presidential race.
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