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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Having stated many times he would fight any and all attempts to discredit him, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva filed on Thursday a lawsuit against Attorney General Deltan Dallagnol for defamation and asking for R$1 million from the coordinator of the Lava Jato (Car Wash) mega-corruption scandal Task Force.

Brazil,According to ex-President Lula, the PowerPoint diagram presented by prosecutor Dallagnol led social media to mock him,
According to ex-President Lula, the PowerPoint diagram presented by prosecutor Dallagnol led social media to mock him, photo TV reproduction.

The lawsuit was filed the same day additional charges were brought by the prosecutors’ office, accusing the former president of receiving bribes from Odebrecht.

According to Lula’s attorneys, the ex-President’s honor and image were attacked during the press conference in September when the prosecutors’ office filed a complaint against Lula.

“No citizen should receive the treatment given to Lula by Prosecutor Dallagnol, much less before there is a fair and impartial trial. The criminal process does not authorize authorities to expose the image, honor and reputation of the accused persons, much less in national network and with clearly offensive terms and adjectives,” says part of a statement released by the attorneys of the former leader.

During the press conference given by Dallagnol to explain the complaint filed against Lula, the prosecutor showed a PowerPoint presentation, with several arrows pointed to Lula’s name in the center of the diagram. At the time Dallagnol claimed that the ex-leader was the ‘top commander of the Lava Jato Operation scheme being investigated’.

The diagram, dubbed PPT Lula, quickly became a hit on social media, with thousands of people substituting Lula’s name for everything from pizza to love to their own names.

Earlier on Thursday federal prosecutors filed additional charges against Lula, accusing him of practicing crimes of passive corruption and money laundering, this time due to contracts signed between Petrobras and Odebrecht.

According to prosecutors among the bribes given by the construction conglomerate was the land for the Lula Institute, said to be worth R$12.5 million.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Ex president Lula is a corrupt politician. He is a lair, a cheat and a thief. The fact that he is filing legal action against his accusers is NOTHING! Let the STF finish the investigation into his past criminal activities before entertaining any legal action on his part. Which, by the way is going to cost, ‘how much’ to the Brazilian people? If he is exonerated then go forward with his claim that he is an innocent victim, being unjustly persecuted. Lula is guilty as sin!

  2. If you are a public figure and a leader, you SHOULD be held to a higher standard. If you’re going to be president of a country as big as Brazil, you invariably lay down some of your rights of privacy and your life in the name of public service. Lula should be put on trial, and based on what everyone has seen, the odds are that he’ll go to prison for violating the law.

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