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Judge removed from insider trading trial of Brazilian ex-billionaire Eike Batista

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2014 file photo, former billionaire Eike Batista, a Brazilian tycoon once named No. 7 on Forbes' list of the world's richest people, attends his hearing in connection with charges of insider trading and market manipulation, at a federal criminal court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian judicial officials have removed a magistrate overseeing Batista's trial after he was caught driving a Porsche he had ordered seized from the fallen magnate. The Federal Prosecutors’ Office said in a statement Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 that judge Flavio Roberto de Souza has been taken off the insider trading case and all his decisions in the matter annulled. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2014 file photo, former billionaire Eike Batista, a Brazilian tycoon once named No. 7 on Forbes' list of the world's richest people, attends his hearing in connection with charges of insider trading and market manipulation, at a federal criminal court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian judicial officials have removed a magistrate overseeing Batista's trial after he was caught driving a Porsche he had ordered seized from the fallen magnate. The Federal Prosecutors’ Office said in a statement Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 that judge Flavio Roberto de Souza has been taken off the insider trading case and all his decisions in the matter annulled. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)  (The Associated Press)

Brazilian judicial officials have removed a magistrate overseeing the trial of former billionaire Eike Batista after he was caught driving a Porsche he had ordered seized from the fallen magnate.

The Federal Prosecutors' Office said in a statement Wednesday that judge Flavio Roberto de Souza has been taken off the insider trading case and all his decisions in the matter annulled.

Batista's lawyers have been trying to get Souza removed for months, alleging he was biased against the flamboyant businessman.

In an interview last weekend with the popular Rio de Janeiro newspaper Extra, Souza promised to "scrutinize his (Batista's) soul." Photos emerged this week showing Souza at the wheel of a white Porsche Cayenne, one of several cars he ordered seized from Batista. The cars were to be auctioned.