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Brazil's Supreme Court Rules Former President Must Start Prison Term

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is facing roughly 12 years in prison after he was convicted of corruption.
Posted at 4:49 PM, May 06, 2018

Brazil's supreme court rejected former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's attempt to avoid prison time while he appeals a corruption conviction for the second time.

"Lula" was convicted in July 2017 on charges including money laundering and accepting kickbacks, and he's facing roughly 12 years in prison. He served as Brazil's president from 2003 to 2011, and he's running for president again in 2018.

Lula says the charges are politically motivated. Although he's leading in the polls for the country's presidential election this year, his conviction will probably bar him from running. 

Multiple news outlets report it could be a couple days before a warrant is issued for Lula's arrest.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.