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

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

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.

Lula denies the charges, saying they are politically motivated. He intends to stand for election next year.

He is currently the leading candidate for the presidential elections.

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.