Ex-president Lula da Silva barred from upcoming election

Ex-president Lula da Silva barred from upcoming election

Lula was arrested in April after Brazil's Supreme Court rejected his plea to stay out of jail while appealing the corruption case in a bid to recapture the presidency.

In a statement late Friday, the Workers' Party said it would appeal the electoral court ruling, just as da Silva is fighting to overturn his corruption conviction. One more was still to vote, though the majority was enough to seal da Silva's fate. His conviction was upheld by an appeals court in January.

Top electoral court rules jailed former president can not run in October's election because of his graft conviction.

He relied on Lula's recent backing from the UN Human Rights Committee, which ruled that the former leader can not be disqualified from the elections as his legal appeals are ongoing.

"We are not deciding at any level, on the former president's culpability, and much less his political legacy", said Judge Luis Roberto Barroso, who brought the case to the electoral tribunal for deliberation.

"It is a political calculation that Lula and his partners at the Worker's Party will have to make".

Brazil's top electoral court ruled on Friday that jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva can not run in this year's presidential election due to a corruption conviction. Under Brazilian law, he is ineligible to run because his conviction was upheld on an initial appeal.

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Brazil's top electoral court has barred jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running in October's presidential elections because of his corruption conviction.

Da Silva has long argued that he should be allowed to run because his conviction was a sham.

Lula da Silva was accused of benefiting from the renovation of a triplex in a beach town near Sao Paulo by the construction company OAS.

Da Silva's lawyers complained the court was rushing a decision because they submitted their defence only on Thursday, noting that the court rarely holds sessions on Fridays.

The Workers' Party said in a statement: "We will present all the appeals to the courts so that the political rights of Lula, as provided by law and in global treaties ratified by Brazil, are recognized".

Justice Barroso said the Workers' Party should replace da Silva within 10 days, and that he should not appear as a presidential candidate in free airtime that is given to political parties on nationwide TV and radio starting on Saturday.

Supporters of Brazilian former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva have demonstrated a vigil outside the Federal Police Superintendence in Curitiba, Brazil on Friday.

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