Lava Jato judge, Sergio Moro, sentenced the former leader to nine years and six months in prison for passive corruption and money laundering.
In a surprising turn of events, federal judge Sergio Moro, sentenced Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to nine years and six months in prison for passive corruption and money laundering on Wednesday, July 12th.
The former leader is charged with accepting million-dollar renovations on a beachfront apartment from large construction and engineering firms in exchange for ‘advantages’ in public contracts, including those with state-owned oil giant Petrobras.
“The transfer [ownership] of the apartment and the renovations, as well as the payment of storage costs, would represent an undue advantage in a corroboration of corruption and strategies used for this transfer and payment would constitute a money laundering offense,” read the verdict handed down by Moro.
Moro also noted Lula’s part the Corruption scheme set by Petrobras directors. “Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had a relevant role in the criminal scheme, as he was responsible for naming the directors to Petrobras’ Board of Directors and the requests of the federal government were granted. He admitted in his interrogation that he was responsible for giving the last word on the nominations,” stated the document.