Federal judge Sergio Moro decreed Thursday the imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption in a case related to the plot uncovered in state oil company Petrobras.
The magistrate, emblem of the Lava Jato operation, indicated in his decision that he grants Lula, “in consideration of the dignity of the position he held, the opportunity to present himself voluntarily to the Federal Police of Curitiba before tomorrow Friday at 5:00 p.m. 20H00 GMT).
The supreme court of Brazil had already rejected at midnight on Wednesday, by a narrow majority of 6 votes to 5 and after more than 10 hours of debate, an appeal by former President Lula da Silva to appeal to the highest courts a sentence 12 years and one month in prison for passive corruption and money laundering.
Lula da Silva will be held in a special cell and isolated from other prisoners for security reasons. The demand was made by the judge who condemned the former head of state and ordered his imprisonment.
According to press reports, the Federal Police had already been preparing the cell where Lula will be held, where contact with the former president of the OAS construction company, Leo Pinheiro, and his former treasury minister, Antonio Palocci, will be avoided. splashed in corruption offenses in the delations that negotiated with the Prosecutor’s Office.