Friday 20 July 2018

Judge reverses order to free former Brazil president

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva began serving his sentence in April after he was convicted in a case connected to a massive corruption investigation.

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva denies wrongdoing (Andre Penner/AP)
Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva denies wrongdoing (Andre Penner/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A Brazilian appeals court judge has ordered former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to remain in jail, reversing an earlier order from a judge at the same court.

Judge Joao Gebran Neto is the judge in charge of overseeing da Silva’s case at the Fourth Federal Regional Tribunal and a legal analyst said his decision supersedes the other judge’s.

Earlier on Sunday, Judge Rogerio Favreto ordered da Silva freed.

A brief impasse ensued when a lower court judge ordered police to hold off.

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A supporter of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva holds a flag that reads Free Lula in front of the Federal Police Department where Da Silvia is serving jail time in Curitiba (Denis Ferreira Netto/AP)

Judge Gebran Neto then stepped in.

Da Silva began serving his sentence in April after he was convicted in a case connected to Brazil’s massive corruption investigation.

He denies wrongdoing.

Hundreds of da Silva supporters have gathered in the city where he is jailed calling for his release.

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