The bigger the government the bigger the corruption. In Brazil both are as big as the bikinis on Ipanima Beach are small.
Lula was a socialist who came to power in Brazil during South America’s “Pink Tide.” He was long the toast of the continent and in much of Europe. Now, he’s just a criminal. Funny how life is.
Bye Lula. Tchau!
He is facing 12 years in jail on charges of accepting a bribe but had asked to remain free during his appeal.
Lula claims the charges are politically motivated, and designed to prevent him from running for president in October.
He has a lead in opinion polls. His Workers’ Party said the ruling was a “tragic day for democracy and Brazil”.
The Supreme Court judges ruled against him by six to five after a marathon session, which ended in the early hours of Thursday.