Brazil court hikes 2nd sentence for Lula to 17 years

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Lula da Silva can now appeal the sentence and does not have to return to prison at this moment.

A regional court in Porto Alegre voted in favor of prolonging former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s prison sentence in the so-called case of Atibaia from 12 years and 11 months to 17 years, one month and 10 days.

The piece of evidence consisted of dialogues, exchanged through the Telegram application, which suggested collusion between then-judge Sergio Moro and the prosecutors lead by Deltan Dallagnol, coordinator of Lava Jato, which compromised the impartiality of the decisions against the former unionist.

All three judges voted in favor, reported judge Joao Pedro Gebran Neto, who voted first and had previously rejected evidence provided by Lula’s defense. The Workers Party’s leader can now appeal the sentence and does not have to return to prison at this point.

«I will win every single against me, unveiling their lies. My innocence is proven in the expedient of the case. They don’t have evidence, they have an argument: Lula cannot be released,» Lula stated on Twitter.

In February, the founder of the Workers’ Party was sentenced to 12 years and 11 months in prison in criminal proceedings for the reforms carried out at the Santa Barbara estate in Atibaia, which was allegedly handed over as a bribe.

Sources: teleSUR, RT, Brasil de Fato

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