Brazil: Hundreds attend vigil demanding freedom for jail-bound Lula

Hundreds of protesters attended a vigil demanding that former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva be absolved of his criminal conviction in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo on Thursday night. People gathered to voice their support for the scandal-struck 72-year-old, holding signs reading 'Lula's innocent' and 'No prison for Lula.' Supporters crowded by the Metalworkers’ Union... Еще headquarters, the union the former president was once a member of. Earlier the Supreme Court confirmed that Lula will serve a prison sentence directly after the rejection of his first appeal by a vote of 6:5 and he has been ordered to hand himself in to the authorities. The defendant was sentenced to 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. He now 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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