This time, Lula seems to really be going to jail. Brazil's charismatic former president will only be able to exhaust appeals against corruption convictions from behind bars. Supporters of the Workers Party leader call the 6-5 decision by the court political, the destiny of the trade unionist mirroring the boom-to-bust story of Brazil over the past two decades. Did the favourite for the next presidential poll in October deserve it? Was justice blind?
Produced by Daniel BARNEY, Tatiana REITER, and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.
Director of Brazil Institute, Wilson Center
Gabriela PELLEGRINO SOARES
Professor of History, University of São Paulo
Professor of Political Economy, SOAS University of London
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University