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Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Brazil’s ex-president gets nearly 10 years in jail for corruption

BRASILIA: Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for graft in a stark fall from grace for the iconic leftist leader. Lula, who ruled Brazil from 2003-2010, was convicted and handed a 9.5-year prison term on Wednesday for accepting a luxury seaside apartment and $1.1 million, the latest twist in a giant corruption probe engulfing Latin America's largest economy. But anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro said the 71-year-old Lula would remain free pending an appeal --…