Former Brazilian President Who Obama Called ‘Most Popular Politician On Earth’ Charged With Corruption

One of Obama’s pals in South America is in deep trouble. Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been hit with corruption charges and is headed to jail.

The AP reports:

After tense showdown, Brazil’s da Silva in police custody

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told thousands of supporters Saturday that he would turn himself in to police, but also maintained his innocence and argued his corruption conviction was simply a way for enemies to make sure he doesn’t run — and possibly win — re-election in October.

The public comments were da Silva’s first since the Supreme Federal Tribunal, the country’s top court, ruled against his petition Thursday to remain free while he continued to appeal his conviction. That ruling set in motion a series of events that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.

Judge Sergio Moro, who oversees many of the so-called “Car Wash” cases, ordered an arrest warrant for da Silva, giving him until 5 p.m. Friday to present himself to police in Curitiba, about 260 miles (417 kilometers) southwest of Sao Bernardo do Campo, and begin serving his 12-year sentence.

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Da Silva, who Brazilians simply call “Lula,” did no such thing. Instead, he hunkered down with supporters in the same metallurgical union that was the spiritual birthplace of his improbable rise to power in one of the world’s most unequal countries…

Former U.S. President Barack Obama once called da Silva the “most popular politician on Earth.”

Obama sure can pick ’em can’t he?

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