Supreme court orders arrest, jail of Ex-president (Vanguard)

Supreme court orders arrest, jail of Ex-president (Vanguard)

The Brazilian Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) Tuesday rejected a motion by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s defense team to avoid his arrest for a graft conviction that was upheld last week. Justice Humberto Martins denied the request filed Tuesday morning in a statement published on the court’s website, saying such petitions are only applicable when there is a “concrete threat of imminent imprisonment.” Judges said the former president should be arrested as soon as the court explains details of the ruling to the defense, a process that usually takes a month. Lula, then president of Brazil from Jan. 1, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2011, was found guilty of corruption and money laundering last year. On Thursday, a three-judge panel of a Brazilian appeals court voted unanimously to ratify his conviction and to extend his original sentence from nine and a half years in prison to 12 years. Read more

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