Leftist supporters of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva have surrounded Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Metalworkers’ Union headquarters, where Lula has remained in hiding after the nation’s top court decreed he could begin serving a 12-year prison sentence on corruption charges immediately. Lula, the head of the nation’s socialist Workers’ Party (PT), is running for president in Brazil’s October elections and remains the frontrunner by a wide margin in most recent polls. Despite being convicted of corruption and money laundering, and losing an appeal on the merits, his attorneys petitioned the Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF) for a habeas corpus writ that would keep him out of jail until he had exhausted his final appeal on the case. The STF ruled early Thursday morning, in an extensive 11-hour ruling, against the petition, meaning Lula would have to begin his prison sentence as soon as the judge presiding over the original case, Judge Sergio Moro, chose to call him in. Lula has remained in the Metalworkers’ Union building since then, receiving a visit from fellow disgraced ex-president Dilma Rousseff overnight.Moro announced on Thursday that he would give Lula until Friday 5 p.m. local time to turn himself in willingly to police in… Read full this story
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