Brazilian Court Upholds 17-Year Sentence Against Lula Da Silva

(TELESUR) – “I knew this decision would come.  I just hope I’m alive to see them unmasked,” Lula tweeted.

Brazil’s Federal Court of the Fourth Region (TRF-4) Wednesday upheld the 17-year prison sentence handed down in November against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The TRF-4 judges also denied the defense’s request that the virtual trial be suspended and postponed for a face-to-face session when COVID-19 no longer poses a threat.

“Keeping the sentence is unjust and arbitrary,” Lula’s defense lawyers, who did not have access to the virtual trial, denounced.​​​​​​​

“The fact that we were not allowed to be at the trial is a violation of the constitutional right to a broad defense,” attorney Cristiano Zanin Martins stressed.

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