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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 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.

Lula, who was once the country’s most popular president, will be able to continue using his assets but if his appeal fails they will be seized, sold and the proceeds handed over to the claimant in the corruption case, the state oil company Petrobras.

He would also be stripped of his political protection and go to jail to serve a nine-and-a-half year sentence.

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