Ex-leader’s as­sets frozen in Brazil

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s cen­tral bank has frozen four bank ac­counts be­long­ing to ex-Pres­i­dent Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Silva be­cause of his re­cent con­vic­tion on cor­rup­tion charges, the fed­eral judge who heard his case said Wednes­day.

The as­sets in ques­tion amount to more than $190,000, ac­cord­ing to the of­fice of Ser­gio Moro, who sen­tenced Silva to 9½ years in prison in con­nec­tion with a sprawl­ing graft probe in­volv­ing state-run oil gi­ant Petro­bras.

Moro also barred the ex-pres­i­dent from us­ing three apart­ments, a piece of land and two cars linked to him. None can be sold un­til there is a fi­nal rul­ing on the case.

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