Lula, Brazil’s most popular leader, will surrender to police

The former president surrenders to police. Photo:AFP
Pro-Lula demonstration. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/FP

Former President Lula da Silva will surrender to police in Curitiba and begin serving his 12-year-one-month prison sentence. Last year, he was convicted of corruption and money laundering – and the verdict was confirmed by a court of appeals. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court allowed his arrest. Less than 18 hours later, Federal Judge Sérgio Moro issued an arrest order.

In a span of eight years, Lula went from the most popular leader in Brazilian history, a man who distributed revenue like no other president and was approved by 80 percent of Brazilians, to the first former president...

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