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Jailed Lula Could Still Campaign for President in Brazil

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets supporters in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, on April 7.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets supporters in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, on April 7.

Photographer: Rodrigo Capote/Bloomberg

Not even jail may stop former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from campaigning in Brazil’s presidential election this year.

Lula could still appeal to the Supreme Court if electoral authorities turn down his candidacy, as widely anticipated, following a criminal conviction that carries a 12-year jail sentence. Until a final ruling, Brazilian law would allow him to carry out “campaign acts,” according to legal experts consulted by Bloomberg.