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Lula speaks to a crowd of supporters on the eve of his trial R Stuckert IL Lula's trial
Former President Lula. Photo: Stuckert/IL

In July, the former president was convicted of corruption and money laundering, and sentenced to 9 years and 6 months in jail. While the prosecution will not ask for Lula’s immediate arrest, today’s verdict could be decisive for Brazil’s 2018 election. Lula currently leads all polls, but could be declared ineligible for office if his conviction is upheld.

The accusation

Lula is accused (and was convicted) of accepting a beachfront apartment as a kickback from OAS, a construction firm. The prosecutors demonstrated...

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