Former Brazilian Leader Sentenced

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Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for bribery and corruption.

Lula who ruled Brazil from 2003-2010 was sentenced for accepting a luxury seaside apartment and $1.1 million.

Lula is however to remain free pending an appeal according to anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro.

The conviction has landed a huge blow to the prospect of Lula making a political comeback  in presidential elections in October.

Lula has however continued to deny taking any bribes during or after his presidency, describing the investigation as a campaign to prevent his return to power.

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