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BRAZIL: Court throws out appeal against order to free ex-president Lula

BRAZIL: Court throws out appeal against order to free ex-president Lula

A surprising ruling on Sunday, by appelate Judge Rogerio Favreto who ordered the release of imprisoned former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been quashed by a Brazilian appeals court judge.

Judge Sergio Moro of the Federal appeal court who initially sent Lula to prison on the corruption conviction blocked the order by appelate Judge Favreto.

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Moro declared the decision by Favreto, who served in the justice ministry under Lula as “monocratic”.

Lula, who was convicted of accepting a seaside apartment as a bribe from Brazilian construction company OAS, has been battling to overturn his 12-year sentence in the hopes of making another presidential bid in elections in October.

 

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