Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Brazil Justice Won't Lift Ban on Silva Taking Cabinet Post - The New York Times

A Brazilian Supreme Court justice on Tuesday rejected a government appeal to let former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva assume a Cabinet job, a posting that would make it harder to prosecute him. The justice ruled as police made more detentions in a sprawling corruption scandal at the state-run oil company that has already ensnared dozens of top politicians and has circled closer to Silva.

Justice Rosa Weber denied motions by the government to overturn a decision last week by another Supreme Court justice who blocked Silva from becoming chief of staff for his successor, President Dilma Rousseff. Last week's decision also transferred the probe targeting Silva back to the lower court that had been spearheading it.

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