Brazil’s Workers Party Chief Warns Many Will Be Killed If Lula Is Not Allowed to Run for President

Brazilian Senator and president of the Workers Party, PT, Gleisi Hoffmann said that jailing ex president Lula da Silva, indicted on corruption charges, once the final ruling is known will mean “killing many people”.

“To arrest Lula they will have first to arrest a lot of people, and I would go even further, they will have to kill people, many people”, said Gleisi Hoffmann in a long interview published in the news portal “Poder360”.

The head of PT, who considers Lula will be the party’s candidate in the coming presidential elections later this year, was referring to the possibility the pre-candidate was again indicted on corruption charges sometime next week in Porto Alegre, capital of the Rio Grande do Sul state.

A regional court on 24 January will revoke or confirm the former president’s sentence of nine years and a half of prison for passive corruption and money laundering, in one of the many cases involving the Operation Lava Jato linked to the Petrobras skimming by politicians, company staff and construction companies.

The final sentencing is decisive since the court could ratify or even increase the conviction of the former president who is leading in opinion polls in vote intention for the presidential election in October, and could thus be impeded to run.

The Brazilian legal system states that whoever in convicted on a second hearing can no longer compete for elected posts. Besides, Lula could also be imprisoned until all the appeals are decided.

In the interview, Hoffmann who was also head of ex president Dilma Rousseff cabinet and her husband Information minister, underlined that Lula da Silva has been indicted for political reasons so that “he can’t run and be re-elected president of Brazil”.

The senator also insisted that if that was the case this would not impede Lula from running in the elections because the PT will present all possible appeals to the electoral court authorities.

Finally Gleisi Hoffmann underlined that she trusts Lula will be absolved because “this is the only possible way to rescue the credibility and seriousness of the Brazilian Justice and show to the world that in Brazil the judiciary branch is independent”.

Mercopress

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

An Update on Brazil’s Vote-for-Pay Scandal

Since the middle of last year the Brazilian political scene has been mostly dominated ...

Rally asking for Lula's freedom. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert

Four Points to Consider for Understanding Lula and Brazil’s Coming Elections

The campaign for the up and coming presidential elections in Brazil officially began on ...

Brazil’s New President Returns the Offense: Coup-mongers Are Those Against the Constitution

In an address broadcast countrywide on radio and television, Brazilian President Michel Temer pledged ...

Protest against Temer in Curitiba, Paraná state - Lula Marques/Ag PT

If Brazil President Manages to Remain in Office He’ll Be Too Crippled to Govern

Demonstrators marched across Brazil on Sunday calling for the resignation or ouster of President ...

In Rio, Afro-Brazilian faiths are increasingly under attack by evangelicals

Brazilian Evangelical Gangs Go to War Against Afro-Brazilian Faiths, in the Name of God

The expression “evangelical drug trafficker” may sound incongruous, but in the Brazilian city of ...

Brazilian evangelicals pray in church

Even Being a Minority, Evangelicals Might Decide Who Is Brazil’s Next President

The influence of the Catholic Church has waned in Brazil, where people have been ...

Snowden’s Brazilian Friend in Rio Wins a Seat as a Councilman

Brazilian activist David Miranda, a personal friend of the American whistleblower Edward Snowden, was ...

President Michel Temer in the Air Force helicopter - Beto Barata/PR

Brazil President Buys Time in Effort to Avoid Impeachment

A key coalition partner has delayed its decision on continued support, but Brazilian President ...