Former president Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva was sworn in as the current president's Chief of Staff. Shortly afterwards, a court injunction suspended the appointment. A federal judge said Lula taking office would obstruct a judicial investigation.
An anti-corruption judge ordered assets of former President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva frozen after the leader was sentenced to almost ten years in prison for graft. The popular politician remains free pending an appeal.
Brazil's president Michel Temer has successfully blocked corruption charges in Congress. In a vote, the legislature decided not to suspend Temer and ask the Supreme Federal Court to try him for bribery.
Whatever the final verdict against former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, it won't diminish his enormous contribution to the country's political life, says DW's Astrid Prange.
Lula has been found guilty of corruption and money laundering for his involvement in the "Car Wash" scandal that has permeated all ranks of Brazil's political system. He still has a chance to appeal the ruling.
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