It doesn’t matter how we feel about the appeal trial of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The confirmation of the July 2017 corruption and money laundering conviction was expected. The Federal Appellate Court of the 4th region (TRF 4) has traditionally upheld the verdicts delivered by Federal Judge Sérgio Moro, who oversees Operation Car Wash-related cases in lower courts.
Not even the 3-0 ‘score,’ with all three judges imposing a harsher prison sentence on the superstar defendant (12 years and 1 month, as opposed to the original 9 years and 6 months) was shocking. They found Lula guilty of taking bribes, in the form of a beachfront apartment, from a construction firm.
Now, it is almost certain that Lula won’t be on the presidential ballot in October.