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Lula,the former Brazilian President faces arrest on corruption charges

Team SoOLEGAL 6 Apr 2018 3:40pm

Lula,the former Brazilian President faces arrest on corruption charges

Rio de Janerio,Brazil : A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Thursday refused to allow more time for appeal against corruption charges to counsel of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and ordered his arrest.

Lula has been served a 12-year prison sentence and he has exhausted all the appeal processes that were available. He has been convicted on the charges of accepting illegal gratification from a major construction firm that won lucrative government contracts from Petrobras, including the use of a luxury beachside apartment. Petrobras is owned by government of Brazil and is considered as a giant in oil industry.

The judge said in a statement ,"Regarding the convict and ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, I grant him, in consideration of the dignity of the post he occupied, the opportunity to voluntarily turn himself in to federal police in Curitiba by 5 p.m. on 6/4/2018, when his prison sentence must be fulfilled ".

The judge said special area has been created for his prison stay at the federal police headquarters and he will be kept separate from other inmates and there will be no risk of physical or moral harm to him.

Lula's lawyer Cristiano Zanin protested against the deadline, saying his client can legally file more appeals to the Federal Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Justice before April 10.

Lula, who has been leading the presidential polls despite his legal travails, has denied the charges, saying he is facing persecution as opponents don't want him to run for Presidential elections.

His original nine-year-plus sentence was extended to 12 years by an appeals court in January.


Tagged: Brazilian President   Petrobras   Brazilian Supreme Court  
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