April 5, 2018 / 9:22 PM / 14 days ago

Brazil judge orders ex-president Lula jailed by Friday afternoon

SAO PAULO, April 5 (Reuters) - Brazilian federal Judge Sergio Moro on Thursday ordered that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva turn himself in to police by late Friday afternoon to begin serving a 12-year sentence for a corruption conviction, according to a court document.

An appeals court in January upheld Lula’s conviction by Moro for taking bribes from an engineering firm in return for help landing contracts with state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA. The court increased his sentence to 12 years. (Reporting by Eduardo Simoes Writing by Brad Brooks Editing by Leslie Adler)

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