Brazil’s ex-president Lula starts campaign despite corruption trial
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula is stepping up his presidential campaign despite an upcoming court hearing to decide whether he will be convicted of corruption.
The January 24 court hearing, which is the second one to hear Lula’s appeals, will decide if the current front-runner of public polls is qualified to continue his presidential bid in 2018.
Lula was sentenced to nine years and a half in prison at first court hearing in July, 2016 for corruption and money laundering.
The former president blamed the decision made by the lower court of the Fourth Regional Federal Court of Appeals as lacking strong evidence and appealed to the higher court.