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Former Brazil leader Lula sentenced to jail for graft

AFP  |  Brasilia 

Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced today to nine and a half years in prison for corruption and money laundering.

The term was handed down against Lula, an iconic leftist politician who ruled 2003-2010, over a giant embezzlement and kickbacks scheme centered on state-owned group Petrobras, at the heart of a sprawling corruption probe known as "Car Wash."

The judge hearing the case said Lula was free pending a possible appeal against the sentence.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 23:57 IST