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Brazil’s Top Appeals Court Rejects Lula’s Request to Remain Free

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Brazil’s top appeals court on Friday rejected former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s latest plea that he stay out of prison until he has exhausted all appeals to his corruption conviction, according to a court document.

Lula does not show up for his arrest. He barricaded at the metalworkers union headquarters in Sao Bernardo do Campo, where he launched his political career in the late 1970s.

Lula has been ordered to turn himself in to police by 5 p.m. on Friday to begin serving a 12-year sentence for accepting bribes from an engineering firm in return for help landing contracts with Brazil’s state-run oil company.