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Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday ratified the decision adopted by one of its judges, who annulled the sentences handed down in the first place against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
As a result of the Supreme Court's affirmation of the annulment, Lula will recover all of his political rights and be able to run, if he and his party so choose, in the country's upcoming presidential elections in 2021.
The Supreme Court decision was approved by eight votes to three and supported the position of Judge Edson Fachin, who on March 8 had annulled all of the sentences against Lula, which totaled almost 25 years of imprisonment, through a precautionary measure, due to a conflict of jurisdiction.
#Urgente l Lula se mantiene con sus derechos políticos. El plenario de la Corte Suprema de #Brasil formó mayoría para anular las sentencias contra Lula en la Lava Jato. La Corte consideró el 13° Tribunal de la ciudad de Curitiba incompetente. El juicio continua... pic.twitter.com/Xl4oVb8LL2
#Confirmed l By 8x3, the judges of the Supreme Court of Brazil decide to annul all the sentences against Lula in the Lava Jato case. It is the last instance. Lula can run in the elections. The decision comes exactly five years after the beginning of the coup against Dilma Rousseff."
Fachin considered that the two trials in which Lula was sentenced to prison, and two others in which there was still no sentence, were irregular since they were conducted in the courts of the city of Curitiba, under the charge of former judge Sergio Moro, who did not have jurisdiction whatsoever over these matters.