Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been convicted on corruption charges, leaving Brazilians torn over the news. Grace Lee reports.
Once named the most popular politician on Earth by former U.S. President Barack Obama, a stunning fall for Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, convicted on corruption charges Wednesday (July 13). The former Brazilian leader was found guilty of accepting over one million dollars worth of bribes from an engineering firm, leaving Brazilians torn over the news. Some even saying they don't trust the judge overseeing the case. "I don't believe in the type of justice Judge Sergio Moro practices. He chooses people. He has his political parties. He doesn't look at the evidence," said one resident. "I don't think there was a reason for the sentence. I don't think he should have been sentenced. It hasn't come too early or too late," said another. The Workers Party calling the charges and the almost ten year-sentence unjust. "The legal team is going to work on the appeal," said Marcio Macedo, Vice President of the Workers Party. Lula was Brazil's first working-class president and is still popular among voters, after leaving office 6 years ago with an 83 percent approval rating. The verdict Wednesday represents the biggest conviction yet in a sweeping investigation that has rattled the country for over three years.