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Brazil court cuts Lula’s jail term

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Former Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, reacts during an act agaisnt the approval of impeachment of the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 11, 2016. Xinhua/AGENCIA ESTADO

BRASILIA (AFP) – A Brazilian appeals court on Tuesday reduced leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s 12-year sentence for bribery and money laundering.

In a unanimous decision, the four judges on the Superior Court of Justice panel hearing Mr Lula’s appeal agreed to uphold his conviction, but cut the sentence to eight years and 10 months.

The ruling, broadcast live on the court’s YouTube channel, could mean Lula, 73, is eligible for “semi-open” prison later this year.

The judges also reduced fines imposed on the former president from 29 million reais ($7.4 million) to 2.4 million ($615,000), the estimated price of the triplex.

They also reduced a fine of 175 days – where each “day” demands a payment of five times the minimum wage – to 50.

Mr Lula was originally sentenced to nine and a half years on charges that he accepted a seaside apartment as a bribe for helping the OAS construction company during his 2003-2010 presidency to get lucrative deals with state oil firm Petrobras.

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