Top Brazilian Court Denies Lula’s Request for Habeas Corpus
Former president’s criminal conviction upheld last week
Judges extended Lula’s prison sentence to over 12 years
Bruce Douglas and Vinícius Andrade
Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice turned down a request for a preventative habeas corpus, filed by lawyers on behalf of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Judge Humberto Martins, the vice president of the court, wrote that such a plea is only applicable when there is "a concrete threat of prison imminent" in a statement published on the court’s website. The possibility of immediate imprisonment does not appear to be present, the note stated.