On Monday, a judge of the Brazilian Supreme Court annulled the rulings of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, saying that the court that issued these judgments was not competent, thus opening the way for the leftist leader of the 2022 presidential elections.
On Monday, a judge of the Supreme Court of Brazil annulled all judgments against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, believing that the court that issued these judgments had no jurisdiction over the anti-corruption process, Lava Gato.
In this way, the whole process should start again in the justice system of the Federal District, and Lula da Silva is free of all charges for the time being and, most importantly, unimpeded to display himself in the 2022 presidential election. ”Says Marcus Moreno, RFI reporter from Rio de Janeiro: “It would have done it lately if that was the way to remove the incumbent president, Jair Bolsonaro, from power.”
Former President Lula adds two convictions issued by the Court of Curitiba in cases related to the anti-corruption operation Lava Jato, which revealed a scheme of bribes paid by large construction companies to politicians to obtain contracts in the state oil company Petrobras.
Judge Edson Fashin responded to a habeas corpus petition filed by Lula’s defense in November and decided to try the 75-year-old former president (2003-2010) again before the federal judiciary in Brasilia, claiming that the cases in question were not. It was restricted to Petrobras.
Lula refused to comment according to his advice.
The former president was convicted in 2018 of corruption and money laundering as a recipient of the Trilogy in Guaruga (São Paulo Coast) and was held from April of that year until November 2019 in a private cell at the headquarters of the Federal Police in Curitiba.
The verdict was ratified in the third degree and totaled 8 years, 20 months and 20 days in prison, although the Supreme Court ruling allowed him to freely exhaust all judicial remedies.
In 2020, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison in the second degree, on charges of receiving bribes from construction companies, related to a site in Atibaia (São Paulo) in exchange for influencing contracts in Petrobras.
Lula has long denied the accusations and considers himself the target of a political process against him orchestrated by Sergio Moro, the judge who led Lava Gato and who in 2019 took over the justice ministry from the head of the far-right, Jair Bolsonaro. Morrow remained in office until April 2020, when he distanced himself from the president.
Fachin’s decision marks a merciful coup against Lava Gato, who was deactivated after several court defeats in Brazil in February.
According to Fachin’s judgment, two other Lula cases under Lava Jato must move to the Brasilia region.
The annulment of the sentences against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva opens the doors to the 2022 presidential elections, at a new turning point in the life of the leftist leader, a pivotal figure in the country’s history for more than half a century.