Brazil judge blocks order to release Lula from prison ahead of vote

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Brazilian Judge Sergio Moro stymied another judge’s effort on Sunday to release jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, highlighting the legal battle around the country’s most popular politician ahead of this year’s presidential election.

Moro, who sent Lula to prison in April for a bribery conviction, said that the appeals court judge lacked authority to issue an order freeing the former president for campaigning in the run-up to the October vote.

Polls suggest the leftist icon could win a third term, but Brazilian electoral law forbids politicians from running for office within eight years of being found guilty of a crime…

Read more : CNBC, 08.07.2018