By: Steve Dellar | 04-08-2018 | News
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Brazil: Former President Lula Surrenders To Police To Begin 12 Year Prison Sentence

The tense standoff between police forces and supporters of former Brazilian President Lula Ignacio da Silva has come to an end with the latter handing himself over to police and beginning a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.

The 72-year-old former Brazilian president, who led the country from 2003 to 2011, left the building belonging to the country’s steel-workers union on Sunday morning to be taken away in a convoy of black police cars.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">VIDEO: Brazil&#39;s Lula exits a police helicopter onto the roof of the prison in Curitiba where the former president is due to start his 12-year sentence for corruption <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; AFP news agency (@AFP) <a href="">April 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Earlier on Sunday, police had attempted to arrest Mr Lula da Silva but their entrance to the building had been blocked by a crowd of supporters who opposed his arrest.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The &quot;whole point&quot; of jailing Brazilian ex-president Lula is to stop him from running, says <a href="">@MarkWeisbrot</a>. &quot;it’s about the traditional elite taking what they couldn’t win at the ballot box for 14 years.&quot; <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Democracy Now! (@democracynow) <a href="">April 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The former President gave an hour-long speech to his supporters before being led away.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lula turns himself in after police stand-off <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) <a href="">April 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Lula da Silva: "I am the only human being to be put on trial for an apartment which does not belong to me. I will comply with their warrant. You'll see that I will come out of this bigger, stronger."

The former president will be flown to the southern city of Curitiba where he will serve his sentence in a "specially designed jail cell".


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Anonymous No. 22643 2018-04-08 : 10:01

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