BRASILIA, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Brazil’s top electoral court will begin deliberations Friday on whether former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should be barred from running in this year’s presidential election, according to a statement on the court’s website.
Lula, Brazil’s most popular politician, is serving a 12-year sentence for a corruption conviction. His Workers Party registered him as its presidential candidate for the October vote anyway, saying he is innocent. Lula is likely ineligible for office under Brazil’s “Clean Slate” law, which prohibits candidates from running if they have convictions that have been upheld on appeal. (Reporting by Ricardo Brito and Anthony Boadle; Editing by David Gregorio)