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On Wednesday afternoon, a decision from a federal judge in Curitiba authorized the transfer of jailed former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from the Federal Police headquarters in Curitiba to a penitentiary in São Paulo.

After opposition from large parts of the Judiciary and Legislature, the Supreme Court acted quickly to suspend the decision, in what is but the latest twist in the tale of ex-president Lula, currently serving an eight-year and ten-month prison sentence for corruption and money laundering.

Were the transfer to have gone ahead, Lula would have been moved to a penitentiary in Tremembé, a town...

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