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Brazil Superior Court Rejects Lula’s Request Not to Be Jailed

  • Timing of possible imprisonment unclear as appeals continue
  • Former president’s conviction upheld by appeals court in Jan.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Photographer: Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg
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A superior court in Brazil denied former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s request for a preventative habeas corpus, bringing the popular leader a step closer to serving a prison sentence.

All five judges at the Superior Court of Justice, known as STJ, on Tuesday voted against Lula, who filed the request after an appeals court in January upheld his graft conviction and increased his prison sentence to over 12 years.