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Brazil’s Court Rejects Lula’s Pleas to Stay Out of Jail

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Supreme Court denied former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s habeas corpus request to remain free while appealing his twelve year one month conviction. With the Court’s six votes to five decision to reject the habeas corpus, the former two-term president may be arrested at any time.

“I believe there is no rupture or challenge of the principle of the presumption of innocence with the beginning of the sentence after the second instance,” said Supreme Court Chief Justice, Carmen Lucia Rocha while delivering her vote . . .

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