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Brazilian judge freezes ex-president Lula's assets following conviction

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By Euronews
Brazilian judge freezes ex-president Lula's assets following conviction

<p>A Brazilian judge has ordered assets belonging to the country’s former President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to be frozen following his conviction for corruption.</p> <p>Judge Sergio Moro said nearly $200,000 ( 195,000 euro) found in Lula’s bank accounts would be blocked. Flats, land and cars owned by Lula are also covered by the order.</p> <p>Lula denies the charges, saying they are politically motivated. He intends to stand for election next year.</p> <p>He is currently the leading candidate for the presidential elections.</p> <p>The former Brazilian leader who rose from childhood poverty to become a two-term president, was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday (July 12) in the first of five graft trials he faces.</p>