Brazil's Lula rejects offer to attend wake of older brother

FILE - In this April 7, 2018 file photo, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva looks on before speaking to supporters outside the Metal Workers Union headquarters in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Da Silva has decided not to go to the wake of his deceased older brother on Jan. 30, 2019 after he received permission to temporarily leave prison but not attend his relative’s burial. Da Silva is serving a 12-year prison term for money laundering and corruption. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

SAO PAULO — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has decided not to go to the wake of his deceased older brother after he received permission to temporarily leave prison but not attend his relative's burial.

Da Silva is serving a 12-year prison term in the southern city of Curitiba for money laundering and corruption.

His request to attend the burial had been rejected Tuesday night by Judge Carolina Lebbos.

Supreme Court Justice Jose Antonio Dias Toffoli issued a second ruling saying da Silva could travel to meet with his relatives at a military base on Wednesday, but da Silva said he preferred not to go.

Genival Inacio da Silva died Tuesday of cancer and was buried Wednesday morning in Sao Paulo.

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