Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted Wednesday (Feb 6) for a second time on charges of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Judge Gabriela Hardt said she agreed with prosecutors that a country house was renovated for da Silva by construction companies involved in the mammoth corruption scandal centered on Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras.
Last April, da Silva began serving a sentence of 12 years and 11 months after being convicted on the same charges involving renovations at a beach-front apartment also allegedly paid for by construction companies. Prosecutors argued that both cases involved the companies giving benefits to da Silva in return for political favors.
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07 November, 2019