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Brazil's Supreme Court Suspends Lula Prison Transfer
Inacio Lula da Silva in April 2018 in Sao Paulo. MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL / AFP

The Supreme Court of Brazil suspended Wednesday, August 7, the transfer order of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to a penitentiary center of the State of Sao Paulo (south -is).

Lula, 73, is currently serving an eight-year, ten-month probation for corruption at a Curitiba police station in the south, where he enjoys special prerogatives, including serving in a prison cell. individual.

A judge from Sao Paulo had asked for him to be transferred to the Tremembé Penitentiary Center, 150 km from Sao Paulo, which houses detainees convicted of crimes that have left their mark. Public opinion across the country.

By an overwhelming majority of 10 to 11, magistrates in the country's highest court have decided that Lula should remain in Curitiba until the judgment of an application for liberty is made. e by his lawyers.

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Suspicions of judge bias

This judgment, which is to take place soon in the Supreme Court, is about suspicion of bias by the judge who convicted her in the first instance.

In June, the investigative site The Intercept Brasil had published exchanging messages showing connivance between this judge and the prosecutors in charge of the case.

The judge in question, Sergio Moro, figurehead of the fight against corruption in Brazil, is currently justice minister of the president of far right Jair Bolsonaro.

The latter won the election of October, for which Lula was given favorite before being declared ineligible three months before the election.

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Accused of having received a beachfront apartment from a public works group in exchange for favors in the awarding of public contracts, the ex-prà © The President has continued to proclaim his innocence, claiming to be a victim of a plot to prevent him from returning to power.

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