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Brazil Prosecutors Ask Appeals Court to Keep Ex-President Silva Jailed - Reports

© REUTERS / Ueslei MarcelinoLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva, expresidente brasileño
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, expresidente brasileño - Sputnik International
Brazilian Federal Prosecutors have asked the chief justice of the TRF-4 appeals court, Carlos Eduardo Thompson Flores, to rule on keeping former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in prison, Reuters reported citing court filings.

According to Reuters, the prosecutor's request aimed to settle the legal uncertainty created by an injunction granted by a judge Rogerio Favreto who ruled in favor of freeing Lula da Silva on Sunday.

An appeals court judge, Rogerio Favreto, ruled Sunday that former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is serving a 12-year jail term on corruption charges, must be released from prison. However, the order prompted a quick rebuke from the trial judge, Sergio Moro, who sent Lula to prison on the corruption conviction. Moro claimed that Favreto did not have the legal authority to urge the release.

Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) wipes tears as he attends a meeting organized by unionists and members of the Workers Party (PT) in Sao Paulo downtown Brazil on March 4, 2016. Brazil's powerful Lula da Silva lashed out at prosecutors Friday after he was briefly detained by police as part of a probe into a massive corruption scheme - Sputnik International
Judge Orders Brazil Ex-President Lula da Silva Freed - Reports
Lula da Silva, who served as the country’s president from 2003 through 2010, was sentenced to 9.5 years in jail last summer for allegedly accepting a luxury apartment from a construction firm in return for political favors. Silva denied the accusations.

An appeals court upheld the ruling in January and increased Lula da Silva's penalty to 12 years and a month in prison. He went to jail three months later in the city of Curitiba after Moro issued an arrest warrant for Lula.

While Lula is reportedly one of the most popular presidential candidates, he is unable to campaign for presidency in the upcoming election, set for October.

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