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Brazil Supreme Court justice rejects latest plea from Lula to remain free

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves as he attends a mass for his late wife at the metallurgic trade union in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil April 7, 2018. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin rejected the latest plea by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to suspend an order by a lower court judge for him to start serving a 12-year prison sentence.

His legal team, which argued they had not exhausted procedural appeals before a judge issued an order for Lula to turn himself in to authorities, already lost a last-minute appeal on Friday to the country’s top appeals court.

Reporting by Jake Spring