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Brazil's Lula Surrenders to Begin Prison Sentence, End Standoff

  • Former Brazil president vows to ‘face them,’ prove innocence
  • Arrest makes presidential election still more unpredictable
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the the Federal Police headquarters on Saturday, April 7.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the the Federal Police headquarters on Saturday, April 7.Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg
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Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva spent his first night of a 12-year sentence in prison, after turning himself in more than 24 hours past a court-ordered deadline.

Lula left the metalworkers union headquarters outside the city of Sao Paulo on Saturday, where he had hunkered down since Thursday, TV footage showed. He ended up leaving on foot, after an earlier attempt to leave by car was blocked by his supporters. Lula was then flown to Curitiba, where the federal police set up a special cell for the ex-president.