RIO DE JANAIRO, NNC - Brazilian Court of Appeal on Wednesday (1/24/2018) confirmed the sentence against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The decision is likely to hinder Lula from the presidential election in October although he can still appeal to a higher court.
Through voting, a panel of three judges agreed to legalize Lula's punishment and extend his former sentence from 9.5 years to 12 years.
At the beginning of the trial, Lula was found guilty of accepting a bribe from an OAS construction company in the form of a luxury apartment facing the beach in Guaruja, in the state of Sao Paulo.
Lula denied possession of the property and said that he was considering buying the apartment but eventually decided not to buy it.
Lula’s trial was considered the single most important political event earlier this year because of its potential for changing the presidential election scenario.
The decision of the panel of judges could make the Brazilian Labor Party (PT) lose its candidate for the presidential election.
Lula, who is said to be the most influential politician in Brazil, has consistently led the results of polls over against other potential presidential candidates.
He has stated that the allegations imposed on him were politically motivated, as quoted from Antara/Xinhua-OANA.