Once thought to be a possible candidate to succeed Lula in 2010
Entered politics as president of the leftist National Students Union
Resisted Brazil‘s 1964-85 military government until arrested
Expelled to Mexico with 14 other political prisoners in exchange for kidnapped US ambassador in 1969
Went to Cuba where he had plastic surgery to change looks and underwent guerrilla training.
Sneaked back into Brazil and lived covertly, not even revealing his true identity to wife
Went public only after government decreed political amnesty in 1979
Founded Workers party with Lula, then a leftist labour union leader
Helped craft centrist image that won Lula presidency in 2002 after three failed attempts
He denied the charges, but was stripped of his right to hold political office for eight years.