Judge orders arrest of ex-Brazil president Lula da Silva

Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva.

(CNN)A federal judge has ordered the arrest of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, giving him until late Friday afternoon to present himself to federal police, according to an arrest warrant.

The order was given after the country's Supreme Court ruled that Lula da Silva must start serving a 12-year jail sentence for corruption, a move that may end his political career.
Lula da Silva will not be handcuffed and will be placed in a separate jail cell upon his arrest, according to the arrest warrant. His legal team has not yet commented.
Lula da Silva, who governed Brazil from 2003 to 2011, had been considered a frontrunner in elections due in October. But the court's decision not to grant his request to remain free while appealing the conviction has cast doubt on his bid to regain power.
    The 72-year-old former president had filed a habeas corpus request to delay his prison sentence, but the supreme court ruled against him 6-5, a close verdict on an issue that has divided the country and raised tensions ahead of the elections.
    In late January, an appeals court unanimously upheld the corruption and money laundering charges against him, and he was handed a 12-year prison sentence. Lula da Silva was initially found guilty of the charges in July 2017.
    Lula da Silva strongly denied any wrongdoing. His defense said he was a victim of political persecution.
    Trade unionists and members of social movements demonstrate in support of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 24, 2018.
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