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Tensions High as Brazil's Supreme Court debates Lula's Fate



The remarks set to be accusations that Brazil's military, which has been largely silent on political debates since democracy, was restored in 1985 after a two-decade military dictatorship, what signaling the country's top court to rule on an enormously polarizing issue

Criticism of the question as to pressure, or even a threat of military intervention if the Supreme Court were to give it to imprisonment, even temporarily, and continue to do so for a third term in office. [19659003] But many, including other military leaders, tweeted their support for General Bôas. " We're in the trenches together !!! We think alike !!! Brazil above all !!! "wrote Gen. Antonio Miotto.

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A protest against Mr. Da Silva in Sao Paulo, ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on what he should start a 12-year prison sentence for corruption, potentially upcoming this year's presidential election. [19659006] credit
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Mr. da Silva was found guilty last year in an apartment, in return for a contract to a construction company.

The Supreme Court ruling does not technically determine Mr. da Silva's eligibility for a third term.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal Mr. da Silva's bid under the "clean slate" law, which disqualifies anyone who has a criminal conviction that has been made up of an appeals court.

Legal experts say Mr. da Silva could try to fight the electoral court's ruling if he were to stay free, but his imprisonment would make all but impossible.

Passions flared in the days to come up to the Supreme Court session. Thousands of Mr. da Silva's critics said Tuesday that he was arrested for his sentence. More than 5,000 prosecutors and judges have signed a petition supporting that position.

On Wednesday, demonstrators in support of and against Mr. da Silva's imprisonment gathered outside the court in Brasília where the 11 justices were casting their votes. If the court ruled against him, the federal judge was presumed to be a warrant for Mr. da Silva's arrest as early as Thursday.

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