Former Brazilian President responsible for Rio Olympic bid success found guilty

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Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former Brazilian President who played a key role in Rio de Janeiro’s successful bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison.

A judge found him of guilty of accepting bribes from an engineering firm in return for assistance in winning contracts with state oil company Petrobras.

It marks the latest step in a series of corruption convictions connected to the Operation Car Wash investigation.

The case marks the first of five charges against Lula.

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