Former president of Brazil, who leads polls ahead of elections, faces 12 years in prison

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in police custody after a tense showdown with supporters who tried to block him leaving a union building.

Da Silva left an exit of a metal workers union surrounded by several bodyguards who pushed back supporters trying to prevent him from leaving. Getting beyond them, da Silva entered a police vehicle in a convoy of cars. He is expected to be transferred to the city of Curitiba in the neighbouring state.

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