By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One day after being charged by federal prosecutors for corruption and mismanagement of funds, former President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva said in a rally in São Paulo that the entire list of accusations announcement on Wednesday was ‘a pyrotechnic spectacle’ and that he was being persecuted ‘for the good things he did for the country’.

Brazil, Former Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva talks to supporters at a rally in Sao Paulo on Thursday
Former Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva talks to supporters at a rally in Sao Paulo on Thursday, photo by Rovena Rosa/AgBr.

“In respect for the law, I will provide as many depositions as needed. Call me and I’ll be there,” said Lula to a group of PT (Workers’ Party) supporters.

“If there’s one thing they have to learn is that they are not dealing with [regular] citizen. The only thing that I’m proud of is that I’ve won the right to walk with my head held high. Prove I was involved in corruption and I will walk [into] prison,” he challenged prosecutors.

In his first public appearance after being charged, the former president Lula Once again denied being the owner of a beachfront penthouse apartment in the town of Guaruja and a house in the interior of São Paulo. “They have ‘given’ me an apartment that I do not have, they have ‘given’ me a country house that is not mine,” he said.

Twice during the hour-long rally, the former president’s eyes swelled with tears. “When I break the law, punish me to make an example. But when I do not transgress, go hassle someone else,” he told supporters.

According to prosecutors the former leader was the head of an ample network of corruption and money-laundering scheme. The charges against Lula, of passive corruption and money laundering, carry a maximum penalty of up to 32 years and six months in prison.

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  1. As quoted from the above article in Lula’s own words, “If there’s one thing they have to learn is that they are not dealing with [regular] citizen. The only thing that I’m proud of is that I’ve won the right to walk with my head held high. Prove I was involved in corruption and I will walk [into] prison”.

    Unbelievable! What egotism!

    Mr. Lula had better prepare for a very LONG walk and an even longer stay in prison! At the very least one would hope that when this investigation is finished, Lula will be prohibited from holding public office for eight years. Too bad not for his lifetime! Brazil does not need another PT led government. Not now or ever.

    His arrogance and self importance are absolutely amazing!! Lula MUST to be classified as a pathological sociopath. No guilt. No remorse. No culpability. A man above the law. Who, in all honesty, would want such a character leading their country? What possible good could come from his being permitted to run for the 2018 Presidential election?

    Brazil is bigger than Lula, Dilma and the PT Party! Someone needs to step in and stop this ongoing train wreck. Sergio Moro and his team are leading the attack. They need the support of the Brazilian people who honestly care about Democracy. The people of Brazil,(those who are not fooled or intimidated by the populist, politically correct, socialistic, communist bullying, so prevalent in western democracy these days), need to stand up and be heard. In other words, exercise their democratic rights and freedoms enshrined within the Brazilian Constitution.

    They should be utilizing their hard fought for democratic rights, by letting their elected representatives, (those privileged few, who only hold public office at the pleasure of the common citizen), know they will no longer tolerate the lies and denigrating actions of Brazilian elected representatives any longer! Of Lula, Dilma Rousseff and the PT party. No more!

    The legal name of Brazil is the Federative Republic of Brazil, NOT, the People’s Soviet Socialist Republic of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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