Tue, 18 May 2021

BRASILIA, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Federal Supreme Court (STF) on Thursday upheld the annulment of ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's convictions on corruption charges, clearing the way for him to run again in next year's general elections.

By a vote of eight to three, the court rejected an appeal by the Attorney General's Office against the annulment of the convictions handed down by a federal court in the state of Parana, which stemmed from charges brought by the so-called anti-corruption Operation Car Wash.

In March, STF Judge Edson Fachin, rapporteur of the case, declared the federal court in Parana incompetent, saying it had overreached its jurisdiction.

Lula was imprisoned for one year and seven months, from April 2018 to November 2019, in Parana's capital Curitiba, and has since been under house arrest.

The former president had been sentenced to eight years and ten months in prison for allegedly accepting a luxury apartment from a construction company in exchange for lucrative government contracts.

Being found guilty derailed Lula's run for the presidency in 2018 as the candidate of the Workers' Party, since Brazilian law bars those with convictions from holding public office.

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