Brazil's once hugely popular president questioned about alleged bribe taking from the Odebrecht construction giant. Lula, a frontrunner in the October 2018 presidential election says the corruption charges are concocted to prevent his return.
Judge Sergio Moro said the asset freeze was in response to the charge that Lula accepted a bribe of a luxury beachside apartment and $1.1 million in cash from one of Brazil's biggest construction companies, Odebrecht SA.
In an interview with TRT World, the former president of Brazil defends Dilma Rousseff, his protege, who was impeached in August. He also questions the elevation of Michel Temer to the presidency – and hints that he may run for another term.
The powerful politician is accused of receiving $1 million in graft but Lula says he is innocent.
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