Brazil: Lula takes part in football match ahead of corruption trial

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva opened a new football pitch in Guararema, Sao Paulo state, and took part in the subsequent match on Saturday. The event, which was attended by more than 1,500 people, doubled up as a rally to support Lula’s presidential candidature in the upcoming 2018 Brazilian elections before he faces a trial next January. “We want to make a symbolic... Еще gesture that Brazilian people have to get on the field to win the game,” explained Joao Pedro Stedile, the director of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) at the opening of the Dr. Socrates Brasileiro pitch. Lula was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison for corruption earlier in the year, one of the seven charges he is accused of. The former president appealed and a second court will decide on the case in January.

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