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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - On Tuesday, March 6th, a panel of five ministros (judges) of Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ) unanimously rejected the preventive habeas corpus petition of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula).

The petition would have acted as an injunction, preventing the beleaguered ex-leader from being imprisoned while he exhausts all his appeals related to his January conviction for corruption and money laundering.

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