World News: 00:10 GMT Wednesday 12th June 2019. [Yahoo Business News Feed via SPi World News]
Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday unexpectedly avoided debating a request for the early release of leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as social media fury intensified over leaked documents showing a conspiracy to keep him out of the 2018 election race. Explosive reports published by The Intercept investigative website on Sunday also ignited calls for its American co-founder Glenn Greenwald to be deported from Brazil and for Justice Minister Sergio Moro -- who is at the center of the growing scandal over the Car Wash anticorruption investigation -- to resign, underscoring the country's increasing polarization. Telegram chats provided to The Intercept show Moro -- the judge who handed Lula his first conviction in 2017, effectively ending both his election hopes and decades of center-left rule in Brazil -- improperly collaborated with Car Wash prosecutors to convict and jail the popular ex-president.
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