Sao Paulo (April 05, 2018) A Brazilian court has rejected on Thursday, the latest appeal of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against a corruption conviction. But the former president, leading the polls ahead of October’s election, is likely to play for more time.
The Leftist leader had appealed against a January court ruling in a corruption case.The former trade union leader, who left office with record high approval ratings, currently leads the polls for Brazil’s elections in October by a wide margin. He says that the charges against him are politically motivated to keep him out of the race.
Unions and left-wing social movements gathered in the capital, Brasilia, in support of the ex-president, were separated by police from anti-Lula protesters who also took to Brazil’s streets in 100 cities on Tuesday night.The general’s tweets shook many in a country that suffered a 1964-1985 military dictatorship characterised by oppression, censorship and grave human rights abuses where thousands were killed or tortured.