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    Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) wipes tears as he attends a meeting organized by unionists and members of the Workers Party (PT) in Sao Paulo downtown Brazil on March 4, 2016. Brazil's powerful Lula da Silva lashed out at prosecutors Friday after he was briefly detained by police as part of a probe into a massive corruption scheme

    UN Rules Brazil's Ex-President Lula Can Stand in Elections Despite Sentence

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    A UN committee has ruled in favor of a jailed Brazilian presidential candidate and has urged Brazilian authorities to respond accordingly to respect the leader’s human rights, its ruling stated.

    The UN Human Rights Committee ruled on Friday that it had requested the Brazilian government to allow former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to exercise his political rights. 

    The UN committee has "requested Brazil to take all necessary measures to ensure that Lula can enjoy and exercise his political rights while in prison, as (a) candidate in the 2018 presidential elections," it said. The leader can still run in elections because his legal appeals are still ongoing, it concluded. 

    It also recommended that he could only be disqualified once "his appeals before the courts have been completed in fair judicial proceedings," the ruling stated. 

    Lula, 72, is a presidential candidate for the Brazilian Worker's Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores), one of the largest left-wing political movements in Latin America, and was Brazil's president from 2003 to 2010. 

    Lula is currently leading polls for the October ballot, but an electoral court may bar him from running after he was slapped with a 12-year sentence based on corruption charges. Lula has denied the charges and called them politically motivated.

    READ MORE: Brazilian Workers' Party Registers Jailed Silva for Presidential Race

    The Workers' Party submitted papers to file Lula as an official candidate shortly before the Wednesday deadline had passed. "It's official! Lula is the Workers' Party candidate for presidency," the PT website said in a statement. 

    Brazilians will go to the polls to cast their vote on October 7 for the first round of the presidential elections. The second round will take place on October 28 if candidates fail to reach a 50 percent threshold. 

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