Brazil’s ex-president Lula hits back at intimidation by judges
Lawyers for Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appealed to the Supreme Court to annul a ruling blocking his appointment as cabinet chief, as his foundation condemned a judicial “intimidation” campaign.
Lula was barred Friday from starting work in his new job as chief of staff to his embattled successor, Dilma Rousseff, over suspicions of seeking the post to escape arrest in an explosive corruption investigation.
His foundation, the Lula Institute, on Sunday lashed out at that ruling and what it called a “series of arbitrary actions” by the judiciary.
“Lula is not accused of any crime, even after an absolutely invasive investigation and the intimidation he has been subjected to in recent months,” it said in a statement.
The former president has been charged with money-laundering over a luxury apartment and a country home he is suspected of receiving as bribes from companies implicated in a multi-billion-dollar corruption scheme at state oil company Petrobras.
His foundation dismissed the charges as baseless and accused investigators of waging a “media assassination” campaign, including with his “violent, coercive… and baseless” detention for questioning earlier this month, and an “arbitrary, unconstitutional” request for his arrest.
lula pushing back..brazil sits on the precipice right now..
if hes corrupt then he needs to go to jail..if its western backed propaganda then good luck to him..