SAO PAULO (AP) – Brazil’s Supreme Court on Monday overturned all sentences imposed on former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, which have so far restored his political rights and allowed him to run for president next year.
Justice Lewis Edson Fachin wrote in his ruling that the Curitiba city court, which twice convicted Silva of corruption and money laundering, had no jurisdiction to prosecute the left-wing leader.
Both verdicts stemmed from a corruption scandal involving state oil giant Petrobras, which emerged as a result of a so-called Car Wash investigation. The investigation focused on Petrobras և its contractors, the cases against Silva were not directly related to the consequences, Fachin wrote in his decision.
Fachin said the case should be sent to the Federal District Court of Brazil, where it can be resumed from the beginning.
Da Silva, 75, was president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010 and continued to appeal his two sentences. One was related to the alleged purchase of a beachfront apartment in the city of Guaruja, and the other was related to the ownership of a farm in Atibaya, outside Sao. Paulo
He was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison for a $ 1 million bribe from the OAS construction company. That Silva has always denied ownership of the apartment. After the verdict was upheld by a group of judges, the former leader was jailed in April 2018 for leading election polls just months ago.
Before leaving, the Conservative legislature, Air Bolsonaro, won the election. That Silva was released from prison in November 2019, after the country’s highest court ruled that a person could be imprisoned only after all appeals had been exhausted.