Brazil: Confrontational scenes as thousands contest Lula decision

Thousands of supporters and opponents of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva flooded the capital of Brasilia on Wednesday as the Supreme Court debated the fate of the former Brazilian president. Both protesters and supporters of former president Lula staged rallies in the Ministry Mall (Esplanada dos Ministerios) in Brazil's capital. Later in the evening, the court confirmed the defendant will serve a... Еще prison sentence directly after the rejection of his first appeal by a vote of 6:5. The defendant was handed a 12-year jail term for corruption and money laundering in a corruption case known as Operation Car Wash. He was convicted of receiving bribes. The 72-year-old needs to overturn the ruling before Brazilian presidential candidates are officially announced in August as a conviction would sink his election ambitions, but he will remain in jail until such a ruling is confirmed.

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