By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Federal prosecutors in Brazil have filed charges of corruption against former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva and his wife, Marisa Leticia da Silva, and six other people. According to prosecutors the former leader was the head of an massive network of corruption and money-laundering scheme.

Brazil, São Paulo, Former President Lula is being charged with passive corruption and money laundering
Former President Lula is being charged with passive corruption and money laundering, photo by Fabio Pozzebom/Agencia Brasil.

Lula’s attorneys and allies deny the allegations stating the charges are an attempt to prevent the former president from running for the Presidency again in 2018.

“The data has led us to conclude without a doubt that Lula was the commander of the criminal scheme uncovered by Lava Jato [investigation],” said prosecutor and coordinator of the Lava Jato task force Deltan Dallagnol.

According to Dallagnol, Lula received advantages from companies involved in the Petrobras corruption scandal, including ‘gifts’ such as a triplex apartment in Guaruja, located in the coast of Sao Paulo state.

Calling him ‘the main commander’ and ‘the main actor’ in the Petrobras corruption scheme prosecutors have determined that the advantages given to Lula totaled more than R$3.7 million.

On his account on social network Facebook, Lula said that on January 30th he made public documents that would prove that he is not the owner of the triplex.

“Lula was only once in the building, when his family was assessing the property. He never owned it or even slept one night in the apartment the Lava-Jato [investigation] desperately tries to assign to the former president,” said Lula in post on Facebook.

According to his lawyers the charges against the former leader is to weaken his bid for the presidency in 2018.

“I understand that there is a scene of persecution and, more than that, there is a real intention to withdraw Lula from the political and electoral scenario in 2018,” said one of Lula’s lawyers Cristiano Zanin Martins, during a press conference on yesterday.

The charges against Lula, of passive corruption and money laundering, carry a maximum penalty of up to 32 years and six months in prison.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Time is running out for ex president Lula and his gang of thugs. It is outrageous that his lawyers and supporters claim he is a victim of a scheme by lead federal prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol to prevent his running for the 2018 Presidential elections. No objective observer who has been following the Lava Jato investigation of ongoing wide spread political corruption in Brazil could possible believe such nonsense!

    Is Lula the only politician in Brazil who is NOT corrupt? He wants everyone to believe so!

    The investigation and charges will prove that he was and still is the ring leader of a well oiled organized group of criminals bent upon complete government control. So far he has successfully hidden under the guise of self proclaimed loyalty to Brazilian democracy. He is a master of confusion and dividing, then conquering his opponents and critics. It has taken the likes of Sergio Moro and now Deltan Dallagnol to stand up to his bullying tactics. They are attempting to restore a level of political legitimacy in Brazil and renew public faith in government leaders. They at least offer hope of a better future for the Brazilian people. Sergio Moro, Deltan Dallagnol and their adherents are the true hero’s of Brazilian Constitutional Democracy

    The parasitic tactics of Lula, his wife Marisa, Dilma and their supporters in the communist PT party will not end until the last drop of blood is sucked out of the democratic government in Brazil.

    All of the sordid deeds and criminal activities that Lula and his inner circle have perpetrated against the innocent people of Brazil are in danger of becoming public knowledge in a court of law. This is Lula’s greatest fear and it is about to come true. His inner heart is about to be seen in all its ugliness. He is the Brazilian Dorian Gray.

    In the end Justice will always trump corruption. Criminals never learn this lesson.

  2. We are coming along the way, the whole world is just waiting for the total justice made in Brasil when this guy “Lula” is sitting in jail for many years to come then the reliability of Brasil will be restored and we can return to great business with great nations. Enough of being tortured by corrupt government politicians. Thanks guys, Rbt.

  3. Dear Gregory Cufaro it could ‘ t be better described as you did, thank you my friend. Your comments should be framed and put up on a wall in all offices. Thank you, Rbt. Roberto Barbosa.

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