A Brazilian federal appeals court on Monday rejected the latest appeal by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in a criminal case involved corruption. Monday’s action marked the second appeals loss in a row for Lula. He was convicted in 2017 of receiving bribes in exchange for his influence on federal contracts. Lula has said he will appeal his conviction to the Brazilian Supreme Court. Monday’s ruling brings Lula another step closer to serving the 12-year prison term handed down in the corruption case. On April 4, the Brazilian Supreme Court will rule on a motion by Lula’s lawyers to allow the former president to remain at liberty until all remaining appeals are exhausted. If Lula loses in the April 4 ruling, he could be imprisoned immediately.
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