Brazil's da Silva in police custody

  • Brazil's da Silva in police custody

Brazil's da Silva in police custody

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, second right, arrives at the Federal Police Department in Curitiba, Brazil, Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Though ineligible to run following his conviction, Lula nevertheless leads all polls in the race which contains no obvious replacement as favourite.

Later Saturday the Supreme Court rejected a new habeas corpus submitted by Lula's attorneys, in which they argued that he still had legal and other matters to pursue that contest his corruption conviction by Brazil's Fourth Regional Federal Court (TRF-4).

Anna Julia Menezes Rodrigues, a specialist in criminal law at Braga Nascimento e Zilio, said da Silva's defiance did not turn him into a fugitive.

But, crucially, Lula said he would drop his dramatic show of resistance and comply with the arrest warrant.

He was carried on the shoulders of supporters shouting 'Free Lula!' before being flown to the southern city of Curitiba, where he will begin serving a 12-year sentence for corruption.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in police custody after a tense showdown with supporters who tried to block him leaving a union building.

But the deadline came and went with police reluctant to move into the union building given the thousands of Mr. Da Silva's supporters outside, making clashes a possibility.

Da Silva has been convicted with corruption and sentenced to 12 years and one month.

These events have promted more than 100 jurists to write the book Comments of a Notorious Verdict: the Trial of Lula, which has been translated into English and made freely available online. That conviction was upheld by an appeals court in January.

Lula da Silva has strongly denied any wrongdoing. Party leaders have suggested it would be later Saturday. After a few minutes of discussions, da Silva went back into the union building. In 1980, during the military dictatorship, da Silva was arrested in Sao Bernardo do Campo for organizing strikes. "The more days I spend in jail, the more "Lulas" will emerge in this country".

During his time at the jail, da Silva will be on 24-hour watch and will be given two hours outside each day. He governed from 2003 to 2010, leaving office an worldwide celebrity and with approval ratings in the high 80s.

Described in 2009 by Barack Obama as "the most popular politician on earth", Lula is the highest profile casualty of Brazil's Operation Car Wash.

There were also reports of fireworks and cheering in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and other cities from people who consider Lula responsible for opening the doors to much of the corruption in Brazilian politics. Technically, beginning to serve his sentence would not keep da Silva off the ballot.

The former metalworker and trade union activist is an iconic figure for the left in Latin America.

Lula has until mid-August to register his candidacy and only after that will the Superior Electoral Tribunal rule on whether his candidacy is valid.

And the lack of due process in Lula's case has managed to achieve a very rare thing, not only in Brazil, but in the world: unite the left, left of centre, progressives and democrats in general.

Investigators uncovered a major scheme in which construction companies essentially formed a cartel that doled out inflated contracts from state oil company Petrobras, paying billions in kickbacks to politicians and businessmen.