Brazil's Lula da Sliva surrenders to authorities after stand-off, to begin serving 12-year sentence

Key Points
  • Brazilian federal Judge Sergio Moro on Thursday ordered that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva turn himself in to police to start serving a 12-year corruption sentence.
  • da Silva spent more than a day defying the order, but ultimately surrendered to authorities.

Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva turned himself in to police on Saturday, leaving the steel workers union offices where he had sought refuge while defying a court deadline to submit to custody.

Lula was surrounded by hundreds of die-hard supporters, including leaders of his Workers Party, union workers and activists, in the industrial suburb of Sao Paulo where his political career began as a union official. He will be taken by police to a jail cell in the southern city of Curitiba, where he will begin serving his 12-year sentence.