The Brazilian Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) Tuesday rejected a movement by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s protection workforce to keep away from his arrest for a graft conviction that was upheld final week.
Justice Humberto Martins denied the request filed Tuesday morning in an announcement printed on the courtroom’s web site, saying such petitions are solely relevant when there’s a “concrete threat of imminent imprisonment.”
Judges stated the previous president must be arrested as quickly because the courtroom explains particulars of the ruling to the protection, a course of that normally takes a month.
Lula, then president of Brazil from Jan. 1, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2011, was discovered responsible of corruption and cash laundering final 12 months.
On Thursday, a three-judge panel of a Brazilian appeals courtroom voted unanimously to ratify his conviction and to increase his authentic sentence from 9 and a half years in jail to 12 years.
Under the nation’s regulation, a convict will be put into jail following verdicts from the second trial, even when he nonetheless has the best to enchantment for a closing judgement.
According to Lula’s protection workforce, imprisoning the previous president earlier than the ultimate judgement is a violation to the presumption of innocence. Moreover, on condition that Lula is the front-runner for this 12 months’s October presidential election, the early imprisonment would injury the democratic course of within the nation, they claimed.
A federal decide on Monday ordered the general public public sale of a beachfront residence allegedly used to bribe the previous president in trade for his assist with engineering firm OAS to get contracts from state oil firm Petrobras.
However, Lula’s workforce argued there was no proof that hyperlinks him to the promise of receiving the residence the place he by no means lived and visited solely as soon as.