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Former Brazil President acquitted in one of 7 corruption cases

IANS  |  Brasilia 

Brazilian former Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is in prison serving a sentence on a corruption conviction, was acquitted Thursday in one of the seven cases he is facing.

Federal found Lula not guilty of the obstruction of justice charges that were brought against him based on the testimony of former Sen. do Amaral, who had declared that the former asked him to bribe a witness, reported.

Prosecutors had urged the to acquit Lula in this case, acknowledging last September that there "wasn't enough evidence".

Leite also acquitted six other implicated people, including Do Amaral, the senator's former Diogo Ferreira, and

was arrested in 2015 after a recording was released, which showed him offering money to former to avoid mentioning him during the corruption investigation regarding the company.

At that time, Cervero was in jail on corruption charges and was negotiating a plea bargain with prosecutors, which involved identifying his accomplices, implicating dozens of politicians and many of the country's most important companies.

confessed and accused Lula of allegedly having ordered him to deliver hush money to Cervero.

Lula, who was Brazil's from 2003-2011, has been in prison since April 7 after an appeals court upheld his July 2017 conviction for corruption in a case based almost entirely on plea-bargained testimony from people already convicted as part of the sprawling investigation.

The 72-year-old Lula, who denies any wrongdoing, remains Brazil's most popular and his has proclaimed him its candidate for the October presidential election, though the chances of his name appearing on the ballot appear slim.



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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 07:22 IST