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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
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Brazilian Court Upholds Lula Conviction

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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.