Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Former President of Brazil Luis Inácio Lula da Silva resisted custody by not surrendering to national police on Friday despite a Supreme Court ruling that he should not remain free while appealing his corruption conviction.
Federal judge Sergio Moro ruled that Mr. Lula, 72, must present himself before 5 p.m. local time at the police headquarters in Curitiba, but his lawyers say they have submitted a last-minute request that he stay free, according to local reports.
Lula is considered the frontrunner to win the presidential election in October.
Brazil’s top court ruled against the embattled politician by six over five after a long-lasting session that Lula watched from the Metalworker’s Union, amongst his supporters, according to local reports.
Lula held the presidency from 2003 to 2011, and is hailed as a contentious figure in Brazilian politics.
The former president lost his first appeal in January of this year, and had the guilty sentence increased to 12 years from the previously stated nine.
In 2016, law that allowed defendants to remain free from incarceration until their final appeal was used had been challenged in a lower court ruling where those charged could be sent to jail after a failed first appeal.
The charges are sourced from Operation Car Wash which took out several top politicians from multiple parties in Brazil, with Lula accused of accepting a bribe worth some 3.7 million reais, or $1.1 million USD.
More details to follow. Image of Luis Inácio Lula da Silva from WMOT.