Monday, April 19, 2021

Brazil: Ex-president Lula da Silva Convicted to Twelve Years and Eleven Months for Atibaia

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sentenced on Tuesday, August 6th, to 12 years and 11 months in prison in the Atibaia site case,investigated by Operation Lava Jato.

The sentence was handed down by federal judge Gabriela Hardt, who assumed the district court bench in Curitiba having jurisdiction over the Lava Jato investigations after judge Sérgio Moro became Minister of Justice.

According to Veja magazine, Lula was found guilty of corruption and money laundering crimes.

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RelatedBrazil court trims Lula sentence, opening door to partial detention

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office indictment alleged contractors Odebrecht, OAS, and Schain paid R$1 million in bribes to the former president through the construction of the property owned by businessman Fernando Bittar, which was being used by Lula and his family.

Tuesday’s conviction is Lula’s second under Lava Jato. The former president has been serving a twelve-year and one-month prison term at the Federal Police headquarters in the capital of Paraná since April last year, in the Guarujá Triplex case.

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