Former Brazilian president sentenced to nine years in prison

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday and sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. He will remain free on appeal.

This is the first of five graft trials he faces.

Federal prosecutors have accused Lula, who first took the presidency in 2003, of orchestrating a long-running corruption scheme that was uncovered in a probe into kickbacks around oil company, Petrobras.

Correspondent Adam Gilchrist gives details on this and other stories.

He is still out pending an appeal, for allegedly receiving an apartment as a bribe in a corruption scandal.

Adam Gilchrist, international correspondent

He says the trial is politically motivated, he has denied any wrongdoing, Lula da Silva is still very popular apparently amongst a lot of Brazilians. As long as he remains out of jail, he could run for the presidential election.

Adam Gilchrist, international correspondent

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