Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio da Silva, known as Lula, had been charged with corruption. Three judges confirmed the initial verdict and increased his sentence from nine to 12 years. Ahead of the decision, Lula rallied his supporters.
Ex-President Lula applied for release from jail pending appeal after a surprise ruling allowing it. But the chief justice of the Supreme Court took just hours to overturn the decision.
With a tribunal deadline looming, the Workers Party in Brazil has named former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva's running mate Fernando Haddad as their presidential candidate. Lula was ruled unable to run from prison.
Electoral authorities have to determine if the embattled ex-president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva's controversial candidacy is legal, given his criminal conviction. Lula is the current frontrunner in the October elections.
It was billed as a sign of social democratic solidarity in times of rising right-wing populism: The former leader of Germany's SPD has paid a surprise, and controversial, visit to Brazil's jailed ex-President Lula.
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