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 based upon the fact that a prominent construction firm bought and paid for his penthouse in Guarulhos and his . . .

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