Ex-President of Brazil: Court overturns judgments against Lula

Status: March 8th, 2021 10:09 pm

Brazil’s Supreme Court has overturned the corruption rulings against former President Lula da Silva. This could give the popular politician a chance for a new presidency.

Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin has overturned all four corruption convictions against ex-President Inácio Lula da Silva. He argued that the court in Curitiba, southern Brazil, which had brought all the trials against the 75-year-old, had no jurisdiction. The cases now have to be reopened by a federal court in Brasília.

Opportunity for a new presidency

If the judgments are not reinstated by the federal court, the still popular left-wing politician could run in the presidential election next year. The charismatic ex-union leader was president from 2003 to 2010. He is valued by most of the Brazilian working class for lifting millions of people out of poverty through generous social programs.

The politician, known only as “Lula” in Brazil, had always rejected all allegations as politically motivated. In one case, he was already serving a multi-year prison sentence in April 2018. But since November 2019 he has been at large again. His lawyers had requested his release after the Supreme Court ruled that convicts could not be detained until all legal remedies had been exhausted.

Conviction for bribery

Lula da Silva had been convicted of corruption. He is said to have accepted bribes from construction companies – in return for government contracts. In addition, according to the indictment, he had a company renovate a luxury apartment without paying for it.

In the course of the investigation into the largest corruption scandal in Latin America, “Lava Jato” (car wash), involving the semi-state oil company Petrobras, dozens of politicians, officials and entrepreneurs were investigated in Brazil.

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