The former President of Brazil Luis Inacio Lula da Silva spoke in front of thousands of his supporters in Sao Paulo on Wednesday after his corruption appeal fell through. Scandal-hit Lula made an appearance after his corruption conviction was upheld in a unanimous three-vote decision by judges in Porto Alegre. The judges also raised his sentence from nine-and-a-half years to 12 years and one... Еще month. “As long as I am able to see, as long as I am able to think, the fight and the achievements of the Brazilian people will continue, and I will say to all of you: never give up,” he told his thousands of supporters. Lula was linked to a corruption case known as ‘Operation Car Wash’. He was convicted for supposedly receiving bribes. The former president is expected to file more appeals, but would need to overturn the ruling before presidential candidates are officially announced in August as a conviction would sink his election ambitions.