MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Brazil’s Prosecutor’s Office has asked the court to put former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, in jail after the defendant’s legal team appealed the court’s decision to convict the ex-leader, local media reported on Tuesday.
The prosecutors requested the court to "immediately start the implementation of the punishment," the Diario Correo media outlet reported.
The 72-year-old politician was sentenced to 9.5 years in jail last summer on bribery charges. An appeals court upheld the ruling in January and increased the sentence to 12 years and one month. Lula da Silva, who denied any wrongdoing, is to be jailed when his defense attorneys run out of appeal options.
While da Silva is one of the most popular presidential hopefuls according to opinion polls, he is unable to run for president in the upcoming October election. Lula served as president between 2003 and 2010, but is now barred from serving in any government capacity for the next 19 years.