Deadline for Brazil's Lula to surrender for prison expires

07 April, 2018, 14:41 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Former Brazilian President Lula waves to supporters outside of ABC Steelworkers Union headquarters in Sao Bernardo do Campo

Judge Sergio Moro issued a warrant for Lula's arrest on Thursday, giving the popular Workers' Party leader 24 hours to surrender himself. He is the front-running presidential candidate despite his conviction.

Earlier on Friday, lawyers representing the man who dominated Brazilian politics between 2003 and 2011 submitted a fresh habeas corpus writ after his previous bid to avoid incarceration while his appeals play out was shot down by a 6-5 vote in the Supreme Court shortly after midnight Wednesday.

He added that Moro's arrest warrant for Lula had come as a surprise and had now allowed the police to plan how to do it.

Such technicalities "were simply a pathology that should be eliminated from the judicial world", Moro said in his statement.

He was reportedly holed up in the metal workers union building in his hometown Sao Bernardo do Campo, surrounded by supporters.

Large crowds of Lula supporters have gathered there to protest in support of him.

The Superior Court of Justice rejected the request after the country's highest court, the Supreme Court, rejected a similar appeal on Thursday. "That is part of the coup that removed me from the presidency". The city is about 260 miles (417 kilometers) southwest of the Sao Paulo. However, da Silva could charm such a decision, however doing this from prison could be complex. The metallurgical union is where the former president universally known as "Lula" received his start as a marriage planner long ago.

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One of Lula's lawyers, Valeska Teixeira Zanin Martins, explained to the BBC why they were going to such lengths to keep him out of jail. "He knows what it is like to possess a challenging life and likes that the more compared to the loaded", explained dos Santos.

Several hundred Lula supporters have been rallying outside the metalworkers' union near São Paulo, where he is staying. One heckler was punched in the face and subsequently got hit by a passing vehicle as he was falling. Technically, just starting to function his own sentence wouldn't maintain da Silva off the ballot. Rare exceptions have been made in the past, and the final decision would be made by the top electoral court if and when Lula officially files to be a candidate. In 1980, he was briefly arrested for leading a strike and jailed for a month.

Da Silva could be the newest of many high profile folks to become ensnared in possibly the biggest corruption scandal in American heritage. Over the last four years, Brazilians have experienced near weekly police operations and arrests of the elite, from top politicians to businessmen like former Odebrecht CEO Marcelo Odebrecht.

Operation "Car Wash" was named after the service station where agents initially investigated a minor money laundering scheme in 2014, before realizing that they'd stumbled on a gargantuan web of embezzlement and bribery at state oil company Petrobras and right through the political classes.

Still, the list of investigation targets include people across the spectrum, including President Michel Temer. Lula da Silva was initially found guilty of the charges in July 2017. The former president denies any wrongdoing in that case or in several other corruption cases that have yet to be tried.

His original nine-year-plus sentence was extended to 12 years by an appeals court in January. Party leaders initially said he would speak in the late afternoon, but later said he would not.



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