Former President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been sentenced to 12 year in prison will start his prison term today Friday, 6th, after a federal judge ordered for his arrest. He has been given till Friday afternoon to present himself to federal police, according to the arrest warrant.
Lula da Silva, who is 72 years-old ruled Brazil from 2003 to 2011, he will not be handcuffed and will be placed in a separate jail cell upon his arrest, according to the arrest warrant. He is considered a frontrunner in Brazil Presidential elections due in October. But the court’s decision not to grant his request to remain free while appealing the conviction has cast doubt on his bid to regain power.
Lula, was once one of the most popular politicians on the planet and he easily leads polls in Brazil’s October presidential election. Last July, Mr. da Silva was convicted on corruption and money laundering charges and sentenced to almost 10 years in prison. In January, an appeals court unanimously upheld the conviction and increased the sentence to 12 years.