Popular former Brazilian president Lula da Silva is one of the many politicians and executives implicated in the corruption investigation known as Operation Car Wash. Will the troubled presidency of Lula protégé Dilma Rousseff weather the storm?
A Brazilian court has confirmed the 2017 conviction and extended the nine-and-a-half-year jail sentence for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The ruling is set to undermine Lula's hopes for re-election in 2018.
The order prevented Lula from leaving the country hours before he was due to fly to Africa. The popular left-wing leader recently lost an appeal against corruption charges and faces a legal battle related to bribery.
Two former leaders of Brazil have been accused of running a criminal organization in a massive corruption scheme. The charges are part of an unprecedented crackdown on corruption in Brazil.
Italian MPs have demanded Brazil extradite the former far-left militant Cesare Battisti. Ex-Brazilian President Lula da Silva rejected Italy's extradition request in 2010, but his protection is now long gone.
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