Brazil judge releases phone taps between pres., ex-pres

March 17, 2016 1:59 AM

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RIO DE JANEIRO — The judge heading the sprawling investigation into corruption at Brazil’s state oil company on Wednesday released recordings of phone taps of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, which he said suggested attempts were made to influence prosecutors and judges in the former leader’s favor.

In his filing, Judge Sergio Moro stressed there was no indication those attempts resulted in inappropriate actions. But the release of the tapes, coupled with President Dilma Rousseff’s naming of Silva as her chief of staff in a move opponents say is designed to shield him from possible detention, w...

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