Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a former Brazilian leader, who rose to fame and became two times President of Brazil from childhood poverty, was found guilty of corruption allegations on Wednesday.
Judge sent him to prison for a nine and a half years but he will be remaining free on appeal.
The sentence marked a remarkable fall for Lula da Silva, first working-class president of Latin American country Brazil, who left the President office just over 6-years ago with a staggering approval rating of 83-percent.
Lula was a former union leader, who worldwide admiration for his plans on social policies which helped inequality reduction in the Brazil.
U.S. Former President Obama once called him a popular leader in the world.