Brazil's corrupt former President told to turn himself in

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On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Aline Piva, Research Fellow, Head of the Brazil Unit at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, to talk about the Brazilian Supreme Court ruling that former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva can be jailed on corruption charges, the political nature of the ruling, and the active role Brazilian military generals are playing in the courts.

Lula, 72, was once one of the most popular politicians on the planet and he easily leads polls in Brazil's October presidential election.

But he is expected to be made ineligible under Brazil's "Ficha Limpa" or "Clean Record" law, which bans political candidates from running for public office for eight years once they've been convicted of a serious crime.

Da Silva, who was once wildly popular after his two terms as president in 2003-2010, was convicted past year of helping a construction company get sweetheart contracts in exchange for the promise of a beachfront apartment.

However, in January, an appeals court unanimously increased the sentence to 12 years, the report said.

Lula da Silva will not be handcuffed and will be placed in a separate jail cell upon his arrest, according to the arrest warrant.

But the Supreme Court judges ruled 6-5 in a marathon session that under the law, Lula must begin his sentence after having lost that first appeal.

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It's unclear whether Da Silva will present himself in the city of Curitiba, as Moro has ordered, or perhaps instead force police to come and get him. Despite his conviction, De Silva continues to lead in opinion polls and his party will continue to support him as their presidential candidate.

Asked if he would comply, the veteran leftist leader, who ruled from 2003-2011 and is seeking a third term in October, said only that he would act on his lawyers' advice, CBN reported.

Universally known as Lula, Lula da Silva is a founding member of Brazil's only socialist political party, Partido dos Trabalhadores, the Workers' Party.

Now, his backing for a candidate would not be enough, analysts said, adding that voters will likely abandon his party in droves when they see that its charismatic leader was no longer in the game. However, Lula's legal team was negotiating his surrender with federal police, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

He said there was a massive media campaign against him and another former Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff. In August, the country's top electoral court makes final decisions about candidacies.

But it quickly ballooned into an investigation of systemic corruption, involving top business executives and more than 80 politicians, including Lula. She was impeached and removed from office amid corruption scandals and economic crisis in mid-2016.

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