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Lula da Silva

Former Brazilian President Lula found guilty of corruption

BRASILIA: Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who rose from childhood poverty to become a two-term president, was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday in the first of five graft trials he faces. He was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. He will remain free on appeal. The ruling marked a stunning fall for Lula, Brazil's first working-class president who left office six years ago with an 83-percent approval rating. The former union leader won global admiration for transformative social…