lulaLuiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s former President, was found guilty of corruption and money laundering charges.

Brazilian Federal Judge Sergio Moro sentenced Lula da Silva to nine-and-a-half years in jail. He will remain free during his appeal, and faces corruption, obstruction of justice and money laundering charges in four other court cases.

The sentencing stems from a wide-ranging corruption investigation into the state-run oil company Petrobras, dubbed “Operation Car Wash.” The accusations against Lula da Silva emerged after he left office in 2011.

Moro said the former President benefited from the renovation of a triplex in a beach town near Sao Paulo by the construction company OAS. The charges were connected to $1.1 million worth of bribes received from OAS through the beachfront apartment. In return, Lula da Silva helped the builder acquire contracts from the oil company, the prosecutor’s office said.

Lula da Silva has strongly denied any wrongdoing. His defense said he was a victim of political persecution.

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