Ex-Brazil President Lula sentenced to nearly 10 years for corruption

Ex-Brazil President Lula sentenced to nearly 10 years for corruption

Ex-Brazil President Lula sentenced to nearly 10 years for corruption

BRASILIA: Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the main candidate in next year’s presidential election, was sentenced Wednesday to corruption charges and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison.

The decision marked an impressive fall from Lula, one of the most popular politicians in the country, and a sharp blow to his chances of return policy. The former labor leader who was praised globally for policies to reduce persistent inequalities in Brazil, faces four more corruption trials and will remain free on appeal.

The verdict represents the most important sentence however, in a corruption investigation for more than three years, shook Brazil, revealing a large graft system for the next level of business and government.

Sergio Moro The judge considered Lula, 71, guilty of accepting 3.7 million reais (1.2 million dollars) in bribes from the engineering company OEA SA, in the amount of money lawyers that the company spent the renovation From a beach apartment to Lula in exchange for his help to win contracts with state oil company Petroleo Brasileiro.

Federal prosecutors have accused Lula, the first president of the Brazilian working class 2003-2011, to propose a long anti-corruption bill that was discovered in a Petrobras counter-rebound investigation.

Lula’s legal team said in an e-mailed statement that he was innocent and would appeal.

“For more than three years, Lula has had an investigation for political reasons,” they wrote. “No credible evidence of guilt has occurred, and overwhelming evidence of his innocence was ignored.”

Lula’s lawyer, Cristiano Martins, has repeatedly accused Judge Moro of bias against his client, which Moro firmly denies.
Moro wrote in his decision that “he had no personal satisfaction in this conviction, on the contrary.”

“It is unfortunate that a president can be criminally convicted,” Moro said. “No matter their size, no one is above the law.”

The Brazilian real has increased earnings after the decision and reached its highest level in two months. The benchmark Bovespa stock market hit a session high. Investors fear that another Lula would mean a return to more state-oriented and less business-friendly economic policy.

“Food leaves empty”
Lula would be barred from his position if his conviction is upheld by an appellate court, which will take at least eight months to decide.

If he can not run, political analysts say that he left Brazil would be thrown into disorder, forced to rebuild and find a leader capable of emerging from the long shadow that Lula launched into Brazilian politics for three decades.

“Lula’s absence opens an open hole in the political scene, creating a huge power vacuum on the left,” said Claudio Couto, a political scientist at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, one of the best universities.

“We came to a situation of extreme political tension, even beyond the chaos we experienced last year.”

Couto said he hoped Lula’s verdict of guilty was upheld by the appellate court. This would leave the presidential race open for 2018 and increase the chances of a victory by an independent politician, as the best-known competitors are also taken into account in corruption investigations in Brazil.

The two terms of Lula were marked by a merchant boom that momentarily made Brazil one of the most dynamic economies in the world. Its ambitious foreign policy, the alignment of Brazil with other large developing countries, has raised the profile of the country on the world stage.

China under pressure to free ailing Nobel laureate

China under pressure to free ailing Nobel laureate

China under pressure to free ailing Nobel laureate

Shenyang, China has experienced sustained international pressure on Thursday for Nobel laureate to fight cancer Liu Xiaobo requires overseas treatment as official updates hospitals suggest that the democracy advocate is close to death.

The United States and Germany have expressed concern over the 61-year-old writer after the hospital he attended yesterday said he had organic insufficiency and difficulty breathing.
Doctors said Liu would be artificial ventilation to stay alive, but the family refused, according to the First Hospital of the Chinese Medicine University in Shenyang City, northeast of the country.

Human rights groups have denounced the lack of independent reports on Liu’s health, accusing authorities of manipulating information from the hospital’s heavily guarded website was the only source of medical changes.

Authorities do not say where Liu is treated, but at least five police officers monitored the hospital’s oncology floor on Thursday tracking access to the unit. Several others were also seen inside and outside the building.

Liu, who was sentenced to 11 years in jail for “subversion” in 2009, entered the hospital earlier this month after being transferred from prison because of the late stage of liver cancer.

His wife, the poetess Liu Xia, has been at his side, but his ability to communicate with the outside world is restricted. Authorities have been under house arrest since 2010.

“We are still concerned that Mr. Liu and his family are unable to communicate with the outside world and that he is not free to seek medical treatment of his choice,” White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

German government spokeswoman Steffen Seibert said that Berlin “is prepared to receive and medically” deal.

The latest health updates “raises the question of whether M. Liu’s cancer would have been diagnosed and treated earlier,” said Seibert.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen also called on Beijing to release Liu and reiterated his offer to have treated Liu on the autonomous island that China considers a distant province.

The Chinese government has rejected international requests to leave Liu treatment abroad, saying that it receives the best possible high-level care from domestic doctors and that other countries should not “be interested in China’s internal affairs.”

A German doctor and an American doctor Liu visited last week and said he was still strong enough to satisfy his desire to travel abroad, but the hospital has issued increasingly pessimistic reports every day since.

Liu could become the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to die in custody from the German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who died in a hospital under the Nazis in 1938.