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Brazil's Former President Lula Defies Prison Order, Holed up in Union Headquarter

  • 72 year old ex-President of Brazil Luis Inácio Lula da Silva didn’t turn himself in to police for serving a 12-year sentence on charges of bribery. Standoff is expected as the former president is holed up in steelworkers union’s headquarters in his hometown in metropolitan Sao Paulo. Thousands of Lula’s supporters are cheering for him outside the building in Sao Bernardo do Campo where the leader is staying. Workers Party leader Gleisi Hoffmann told media that Lula is scheduled to join a morning mass commemorating his late wife Marisa’s birthday on Saturday. On late Friday, a petition was filed with the Supreme Court by Lula’s legal team for quashing the prison order. Lula da Silva’s supporters believe he’s prosecuted to remove him from the presidential race, which is currently leading.