Ex-president Lula must begin jail term: Brazil’s top court

Apr 05, 2018, 7:05 AM EDT
Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva faces jail term of 12 years for accepting bribe.
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In a verdict that nearly shatters the slim hopes of political survival for Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that the disgraced leader must begin his jail term while he appeals a corruption conviction.

Lula, facing imprisonment of 12 years for accepting bribe, called the decision politically motivated and an attempt to prevent him from contesting next elections, writes the BBC.

The verdict has deeply divided the country where Lula, despite his fall from grace, remains a popular figure. The “nerves rattled across Brazil” after the commander of army warned in a series of tweets that the military would have to step in if Lula is allowed to participate in the election, notes Reuters.