Brazil's Lula presidential bid to be registered on deadline

Brazil's Lula presidential bid to be registered on deadline
Protestors hold up posters reading in Portuguese "Free Lula" during a demonstration in support of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Lisbon, Monday, April 9, 2018. Lula da Silva was taken into police custody Saturday, April 7, after the Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal ruled against his petition to remain free while he continued to appeal his 12-year sentence for money laundering and corruption. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — Jailed former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will register his candidacy to return to the country’s highest office at the deadline for October’s election.

Brazil’s Workers’ Party announced after an eight-hour meeting Monday that da Silva remains its candidate and will have his bid registered on the final filing day, Aug. 15.

Current legislation allows Brazil’s electoral court to reject da Silva’s candidacy due to his conviction.

Despite being convicted of corruption and money laundering, da Silva leads polls on the race for the presidency, an office he held in 2003-2010. He can still appeal his conviction.

The once hugely popular leader was imprisoned Saturday and he still faces trials in seven other graft cases. He denies any wrongdoing and says he is being politically persecuted.