Brazil judge blocks Lula appointment

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A Brazilian judge has blocked the appointment of ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to his successor, Dilma Rousseff.

A federal judge issued an injunction saying there was a risk a federal judicial investigation could be derailed if Lula was a minister.

Under Brazilian law, cabinet members can only be investigated by the Supreme Court, not by federal courts.

Lula is under investigation for alleged money laundering.

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