Lula Conviction Further Undermines Democracy and Rule of Law in Brazil

26 January 2018 -- tom.myers.478

Brussels, 25 January 2018 (ITUC OnLine):  Trust in the rule of law in Brazil suffered a severe blow on Wednesday as an appeal court failed to provide former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva with a fair trial. The court ignored all evidence of Lula´s innocence and proceeded to uphold a sentence handed by a lower court, increasing it to more than 12 years.

Lula´s popularity and chances of winning this year´s presidential election is seen as a key factor in the appeal court´s decision.

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