Brazil Divided as Lula Ordered to Start 12 Years in Prison

The former president was given until 5PM on Friday to turn himself in voluntarily to begin serving a twelve year one month sentence for money laundering and corruption.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva spent Thursday night at the Metalworkers Union building in São Bernardo do Campo (São Paulo) along with close allies and hundreds of supporters, as the two-term leader and PT (Workers Party) officials argue whether he should surrender and head to Curitiba to serve his jail term or resist and wait for federal police to forcibly take him in.

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