Opinion: All the (Brazilian) President’s Men

Opinion: All the (Brazilian) President’s Men

Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The evidence against Lula is starting to mount up. This week Antonio Palocci, Lula’s all powerful first term Finance Minister, was arrested and charged with crimes connected to bribes made by Odebrecht, the largest beneficiary of Lula’s gallivanting around the world, and the largest illegal contributor […]

Former Chief of Staff Arrested in Bribery Scandal in Brazil

Former Chief of Staff Arrested in Bribery Scandal in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Finance Minister under Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s administration, and former president Dilma Rousseff’s Chief of Staff Antonio Palocci, was arrested today by federal police in connection with the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigations. According to officials, there is evidence that Palocci acted as […]

Brazil’s Ex-Finance Minister Arrested in Lava Jato Probe

Brazil’s Ex-Finance Minister Arrested in Lava Jato Probe

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Thursday morning (September 22nd), the 34th phase of the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigation was put into action, with 180 police officers handing out 33 search warrants and eight arrest warrants in five states, including one for former Finance Minister, Guido Mantega. “At this […]

Brazil’s Former President Lula Indicted for Corruption

Brazil’s Former President Lula Indicted for Corruption

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian federal judge, Sergio Moro, has accepted the prosecutor’s charges against former President, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, for corruption. Lula, along with his wife Marisa Leticia da Silva, will stand trial for accepting bribes totaling millions of reais as well as money laundering. The […]

Opinion: Brazil’s “Criminal Mastermind” — A Curmudgeonly Explanation

Opinion: Brazil’s “Criminal Mastermind” — A Curmudgeonly Explanation

Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Quite a bit of backlash has arisen since the spokesperson for the federal prosecutor’s office accused former President Lula of being the mastermind and supreme leader of the Mensalão and Petrolão schemes. The problem seems to be that the prosecutors are only charging Lula with crimes […]

Former President Lula Denies Wrongdoing in Brazil

Former President Lula Denies Wrongdoing in Brazil

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 […]

Opinion: Lula as Brazil’s “Criminal Mastermind”?

Opinion: Lula as Brazil’s “Criminal Mastermind”?

Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Just when we all thought Brazilian politics might become boring after Dilma and Cunha were removed from office, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office (MPF) has come to our rescue, with a pyrotechnic pronouncement that Lula, the self-styled “most honest person in Brazil”, was in fact the “commander […]

Former President Lula Charged With Corruption in Brazil

Former President Lula Charged With Corruption in Brazil

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 […]

Former President Lula Seeks U.N. Help Against Investigation

Former President Lula Seeks U.N. Help Against Investigation

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, filed a petition on Thursday with the High Commissioner of Human Rights at the United Nations alleging persecution and abuse of power of federal prosecutors in the Lava Jato (Carwash) corruption investigation. According to the petition Lula […]

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