A Brazilian judge, Joao Pedro Gerbran Neto, has overturned an order for the immediate release of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, better known as “Lula”.
Judge Neto rejected a decision earlier reached by Judge Rogerio Favreto on Sunday.
Judge Favreto had said the politician should be freed from jail while he appeals a 12-year sentence for corruption and money laundering.
Judge Favreto’s announcement came after members of Lula’s Workers Party challenged his jailing in an application on Friday.
“With all due respect, [Mr Favreto] has absolutely no qualified authority to override the decision,” said Federal Judge Sergio Moro, who has been the driving force behind Operation Car Wash.
He told the Police to wait for clarification on the legal impasse.
Judge Neto then stepped in and overruled the decision, ordering police and jail authorities not to take any action.
Lula says he is innocent and the case is politically motivated.
His conviction was part of an anti-corruption investigation known as Operation Car Wash, which has implicated top politicians from several parties.