Lula turns himself in to police

SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva turned himself in to police on Saturday, ending a day-long standoff to begin serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption that derails his bid to return to power.

Mr Lula moved out in a convoy of black police SUVs after pushing his way out of the steel workers union headquarters where he had taken refuge, as militant supporters sought to stop him from surrendering to police. He entered police custody more than 24 hours after a court deadline on Friday afternoon.

In a fiery speech hours earlier to a crowd of red-shirted supporters of his Workers Party outside the union building, Brazil’s first working class president insisted on his innocence and called his bribery conviction a political crime, but said he would turn himself in.