Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva surrendered to the Federal Police on April 7, 2018. Lula is entitled to a special cell determined by Judge Sérgio Moro, also responsible for the arrest warrant of the former president.
In the dispatch issued by the magistrate, he made clear the reasons why Lula was in a special cell: “because of the dignity of the position occupied, a reserved room, kind of General Staff Room, was prepared in the Superintendency of the Federal Police itself, for the commencement of sentence, and in which the former President shall be separated from the other prisoners, without any risk to moral or physical integrity. “
Soon, Lula stayed in a special cell at the headquarters of the Federal Police in Curitiba, because he is a former president of the Republic . See more details about Lula’s arrest.
Terms of the surrender of former president Lula
As soon as the arrest warrant was issued by Judge Sérgio Moro, Lula took shelter at the São Paulo ABC Metalworkers’ Union headquarters in São Bernado dos Campos. He remained there until the 7th, coming to indulge two days after the dispatch.
But during those two days, the former president’s defense negotiated the terms of surrender of the former president. See what was granted:
Already in his arrest warrant, Judge Sérgio Moro banned the use of the handcuffs from former President Lula and ordered that he be sent to a special cell at the headquarters of the Federal Police of Curitiba. The building, inclusive, was built during his tenure as president and bears his name on the inaugural plate.
In addition, Lula’s defense asked him to participate in the mass for the suffrage of his wife , Marisa Leticia, who died in February 2017, and that he could then deliver his last speech before being arrested.
Another term negotiated by the former president’s defense is that his image as a prisoner was not exposed in the media , both during his surrender and during the transfer from São Paulo to Curitiba.
Another request was that the policemen who did their security were not in uniform or carrying heavy weapons.
How is the General Staff room where Lula is imprisoned?
The headquarters of the Federal Police of Curitiba is the prison of Lula. For him, was assigned a room that is on the fourth floor of the building . She was strategically chosen for being more reserved. In addition, it has no grids or any other feature that reminds one to contain.
The room is 15 m² and has bathroom, bed, closet. It is a kind of simple dormitory, which used to be used by the police.
Renato Duque, former director of Petrobrás, is in the same building; and Antônio Palocci, former minister; Léo Pinheiro, former president of OAS; Agenor Franklin Medeiros, former executive of the OAS contractor; Adir Assad, one of the Lava-Jet operators; José Antônio de Jesus, former manager of Transpetro; Bruno Luz, lobbyist; Helio Ogama, director-president of the highway concessionaire; Leonardo Guerra, arrested in Operation Integration, the first phase of Operation Lava-jet.
Step by step that led to the arrest of Lula
Until Lula turned himself in to the Federal Police on April 7, 2018, his case was subject to several defense strategies to delay his jail. To understand the whole controversy that led to the final decision in the hands of the Federal Supreme Court, understand the step by step of the events that led to the arrest of the most popular former president of Brazil.
February 2016 – A decision of the Federal Supreme Court of February 2016 ruled that a convicted in the second instance could be arrested. Between 2009 and 2016, this action was vetoed and a person could turn freely until all possibilities and resources were exhausted. Now, the convicted in second instance can be arrested, but still continue with the case, as in England, France, Portugal, Germany, France, USA, Canada, etc.
July 2017 – In July of that year, Judge Sérgio Moro condemned Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for nine years and six months for corruption and money laundering crimes in the process of the Guarujá triplex apartment.
The conclusion of the magistrate is that “the condemned received an undue advantage as a result of the office of President of the Republic, that is, of a major agent. This is without forgetting [that] the crime is part of a wider context, of a systemic corruption scheme at Petrobras and of a spurious relationship with OAS. “
July 15, 2017 – As soon as he learned of Judge Sérgio Moro’s decision to convict Lula of nine years and six months for the crimes of corruption and money laundering in the process of the Guarujá triplex apartment, the defense appealed against the magistrate’s decision .
January 2018 – The defense of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appealed against the decision of Moro in July 2017 and in January 2018, the Federal Regional Court of the 4th Region, TRF-4, ruled the appeal.
The 8th Panel of this court not only denied the appeal, but increased Lula’s sentence from 9 to 12 years on January 24, 2018. It was the so-called 2nd-instance conviction of the defendant.
February 2018 – Faced with the conviction in the second instance of Lula, it was rumored that he could be arrested at any moment. During this period, the ex-politician’s defense filed a petition with the Federal Supreme Court so that the arrest in the second instance could be suspended.
April 4 to 5, 2018 – Lula’s defense request that the arrest in second instance be suspended, did not obtain the result expected by Lula. And at dawn on day 5, the STF decided against the appeal of the defense that requested that the defendant convicted in the second instance remained free until the last resort.
April 5, 2018 – Before the decision of the Federal Supreme Court, Judge Sérgio Moro published the arrest warrant for Lula.
April 7, 2018 – Lula is delivered to the headquarters of the Metalworkers Union of ABC, in São Bernardo do Campo, and went to the building of the Superintendency of the Federal Police in Curitiba.