Brazil top court votes to remove Lula case from corruption judge

Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 28, 2016 (AFP Photo/Nelson Almeida)

Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday issued an interim ruling removing a politically explosive case against former president Luiz Lula Inacio da Silva from a crusading corruption judge.

Judges voted to put Lula's case under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and not federal Judge Sergio Moro. Lula is accused of money laundering and concealing property in connection with a huge probe led by Moro into state oil company Petrobras.

The ruling was an interim measure that could still be reversed, with parts of the case sent back to the federal court. It also did not include a decision on whether Lula can take up a cabinet post given to him by President Dilma Rousseff.

Rousseff has been accused of naming him in the government in order to give him ministerial immunity from all courts, except the Supreme Court.