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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last September, a federal prosecutor accused former President Lula of being the mastermind and supreme leader of the Mensalão and Petrolão schemes. Nevertheless, there are still people in Brazil who truly believe Lula is an innocent victim of a plot by Brazil’s entrenched elite to tarnish his reputation and to undo his good works as President.

These true believers have just been given some ammunition. In his deposition to federal prosecutors, given in exchange for a “get out of jail free” card, Joesley Batista, co-owner of JBS foods . . .

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