Corruption charges upheld against Lula

“I accept the nomination as pre-candidate of the Workers’ Party,” the ex-president said in an acceptance speech during a high-level PT meeting in Sao Paulo

“I accept the nomination as pre-candidate of the Workers’ Party,” the ex-president said in an acceptance speech during a high-level PT meeting in Sao Paulo

A Brazilian appeals court Wednesday upheld ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's conviction for corruption, dealing a body blow to his hopes of running for re-election this year. Lula can still appeal to higher courts to delay a final decision, avoiding jail and stringing the process out long enough to register his candidacy by the August 15 deadline, though an electoral court could eventually revoke his candidacy.

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva cancelled a trip to Africa on Thursday after a Brazilian judge ordered federal police to seize his passport hours before he was to depart.

Even though the 72-year-old was sentenced in July 2017 and that conviction has now been upheld, he could remain out of prison for many months if he takes his appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. Venezuela joins the popular, national and global clamor, which shouts with one voice: Elections without Lula are a fraud!, he stated. "The decision seeks to disqualify and impede his imminent election as President of the Federative Republic of Brazil and is unacceptable and contrary to democratic principles, ' said Maduro".

"Lula has the right to come and go".

"We will have a hard year, but I think in the end the election will take place and people will accept its results", he said.

He maintains his innocence and has vowed to "fight to the end". Lula is one of scores of powerful politicians and businessmen caught up in sweeping corruption probes that have wracked the Brazilian establishment since 2014. It closed 3.32 percent higher on investor expectations his exclusion from the 2018 race will clear the way for a more market-friendly candidate who can stick to Brazil's austerity agenda.

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Lula also faces six other indictments, majority for alleged corruption.

A three-judge panel unanimously found there was sufficient proof that Lula accepted a beachfront triplex on Guaruja beach, near Sao Paulo, from engineering company OAS in exchange for helping that firm secure contracts with state oil company Petrobras.

Prosecutors said the apartment and its refurbishing was a bribe worth 3.7 million reais ($1.1 million).

One of Lula's lawyers, Cristiano Zanin, said the legal team would continue to fight the case, but that its next concrete steps would be decided in the coming days after they have had a chance to read the full ruling.

The absence of Lula on the campaign trail is not expected to benefit far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, running second in polling and whose support is in part based on a fear of a Workers Party return to power.

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