The Wall Street Journal: Judge orders former Brazil president jailed over corruption conviction


SÃO PAULO — A Brazilian judge Thursday ordered the jailing of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for the former president’s conviction last year on charges of corruption and money laundering.

Sérgio Moro, a leading judge in Brazil’s Car Wash corruption investigation, gave da Silva, who multiple polls showed as the front-runner in this year’s presidential elections, until Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. local time to surrender to police in the southern city of Curitiba, or face arrest.

The former president, 72, was found guilty last year of accepting a penthouse apartment from a construction firm in exchange for favors, landing him a 12-year prison sentence. Da Silva has vowed to have the conviction overturned.

Moro’s decision came after the Supreme Court turned down da Silva’s request in the early hours of Thursday morning to remain out of prison while he exhausts all possible appeals against his conviction.

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