Tuesday was a day of mixed emotions for former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. In the morning, a new opinion poll showed that he has sustained a considerable lead against all other presidential hopefuls. Hours later, however, the Superior Justice Tribunal ruled unanimously to reject his request to stay out of jail until all appeals in his case are exhausted. In January, Lula was convicted of corruption and money laundering.
According to justices from Brazil’s second-highest court, the former president should be incarcerated once the appellate court responsible for the conviction analyzes his requests for verdict reviews. That could happen as early as April.