September 3, 2018 / 12:26 PM / 2 months ago

Brazil court bans campaign ads showing ex-president Lula as candidate

FILE PHOTO - Pictures of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are seen inside community radio, in Caetes, Brazil August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

BRASÍLIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s top electoral court has banned political campaign ads showing former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as a candidate, according to a ruling made on Sunday in response to a complaint by the Novo party.

Novo made the complaint after Lula appeared as a candidate on a radio ad on Saturday, hours after the court, known as TSE, barred the jailed former president from running in this year’s presidential race because of a corruption conviction.

TSE set a 500,000 real ($123,000) fine in case the order to remove Lula from the ads is breached.

($1 = 4.0545 reais)

Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by James Dalgleish

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