Publicado: Lun, Abril 09, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Brazilian media: Ex-president Lula surrenders

Brazilian media: Ex-president Lula surrenders

A judge on Thursday ordered former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to turn himself in to police within 24 hours and begin serving a 12-year sentence for a controversial corruption conviction, effectively removing him from Brazil's presidential election later this year, where he was the front-runner.

Brazilian former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (L) raises his fist next to Brazilian former president (2011-2016) Dilma Rousseff during a Catholic Mass in memory of Lula's late wife Marisa Leticia, at the metalworkers union building in Sao Bernardo do Campo, in metropolitan Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 7, 2018.

Earlier, da Silva's defense team reportedly reached a tentative deal with the federal police so that he would not be taken to prison on Friday.

Politicians from Lula's Workers Party said he would remain in Sao Bernardo do Campo overnight and that his lawyers were in close negotiations with police over the time and place of the arrest.

"In Brazil, everything is possible, so he could spend a week in prison and then a judge from the Supreme Federal Court could send him to house arrest, for example", said Oliver Stuenkel, a specialist in worldwide relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo.

On Wednesday night, Brazil's Supreme Federal Court has ordered to send Lula da Silva to jail following a guilty verdict in the corruption case, related to the purchase of a luxury apartment in the resort city of Guaruja. In 1980, he was arrested in Sao Bernardo do Campo for organizing strikes.

Although Brazilian presidents of recent history have routinely ended up in trouble - impeached, brought down by a coup and even one suicide - Lula is the first to have been convicted of corruption and locked up.

According to Brazilian paper Estadao, Lula will get similar treatment as general population prisoners when it comes to food-coffee with milk, bread and butter, for breakfast, and a hot lunch and dinner-and weekly family visits.

Today, anyone convicted and losing a first appeal - which is Lula's case - has to conduct any further appeals in prison. He would spend more than a month in jail.

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When Lula left office, he was an worldwide celebrity with approval ratings in the high 80s.

" I hope this is the start of a new era", said Nicolas Nunes, 30, an investment banker in Sao Paulo.

Workers' Party leaders insist that da Silva, 72, would still be the party's candidate in October.

The electoral court is widely expected to bar Lula from contesting the upcoming elections. Technically, beginning to serve his sentence would not keep da Silva off the ballot.

But he has become the highest-profile figure ensnared in a sprawling corruption scandal that has tarnished Brazil's political class.

The renovation was bankrolled by a company seeking contracts with the state oil giant Petrobras.

But, crucially, Lula said he would drop his dramatic show of resistance and hand himself in.

"They don't want me to take part", he said. Lula climbed on top of a bus and signaled to supporters, many of whom chanted, "Resist!" or "Don't turn yourself in". While president, he managed to build bridges with the center and oversaw a booming economy. However, the petition was rejected shortly before the deadline expired.

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