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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A federal judge in Brasilia ordered on Tuesday the suspension of all activities at the Lula Institute, a NGO established by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva after he left office.

According to judge Ricardo Augusto Soares Leite, although the institute develops social projects, it may have been used as an instrument or meeting place for the commission of various crimes.

“There is abundant evidence that it was a place with great influence on the country’s political scene and that possible (illicit) negotiations which began there are . . .

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