IN DEFENCE OF FORMER PRESIDENT LULA #StandWithLula

While trying to find a crime – any crime – to convict Lula in the courts, opponents of Brazil’s most important political leader engage in a trial By media, in the most extraordinary defamation campaign against a puBlic figure in the history of the country.
For more than 40 years in public service, every aspect of former President Lula’s life has been thoroughly vetted: political, fiscal, financial and even his personal life. No Brazilian politician has ever been investigated for so long: by the security agents of the dictatorship, the press, his political opponents and,
by congressional committees during his two terms.
Despite the false charges that he has suffered, nothing has ever been shown to be wrong with Lula’s life
because he has always acted with in the law – before, during and after having been president of Brazil.
Only the dictatorship dared to convict and jail Lula in 1980, under the infamous National Security Law. His
crime of “subversion” was fighting for democracy and the rights of workers.
Since the re-election of President Dilma Rousseff, in October 2014, Lula has become the target of a ver –
itable judicial witch-hunt. Politicized agents of the state, the Public Prose cutors Office, the Federal Police and the Judiciary, were mobilized to try and find a crime – any crime – with which to charge Lula and try him in the courts. Dozens of prosecutors, police in vestigators, Federal tax authorities and even judges have been frantically engaged in this process, in complicity with the monopolies in the media and professionals of du bious journalistic reputation.
In the absence of formal charges, since Lula has always acted within the law, they foment a trial by media
that is unfair and unbalanced – with out the right of response or rebuttal.
Rumors, inferences and selective in vestigative leaks are released with great fanfare, a true moral and polit-
ical lynching. It is clear that the goal of the mass media and the most retrograde sectors of Brazil is to take the former president to Court in an obvious attempt To keep Lula from being able to participate in the Brazilian political process.
They violated Lula’s banking and fiscal records, and those of his family, his public-speaking company and
the Lula Institute. They electronically wiretapped Lula’s calls, those of his family, his staff and even those of
his attorneys. In the early morning hours they raided and searched Lu la’s house, the homes of his children
and the Lula Institute.
They investigated all of the inter national travel by the former president – to discover who paid for the
travel, what aircraft was used, who accompanied him, where he stayed and with whom he spoke, includ
ing heads of state and government.
They investigated the lectures and even the gifts that Lula received when he was president.
And they found absolutely noth ing to link Lula to the Petrobras corruption scandal, the Lava Jato
investigaton or any other illegal activity. No questionable deposits no offshore accounts, no front
companies, not one penny was not honestly earned and declared for the payment of taxes.
Not even the confessed defend ants in the Lava Jato investigation, who made deals for reductions in
criminal and financial penalties in exchange for information, dared to say that Lula participated directly
or indirectly in the Petrobras corruption scandal. And this is terribly frustrating for the hunters of the
former president. In the absence of proof, evidence or reliable witnesses, Lula’s perse cutors submit the former president to a number of arbitrary constraints that violate not only his constitutional rights, but the principles of the democratic rule of law, threatening the entire society.
While trying to find a crime – any crime to convict Lula in the courts, opponents of Brazil’s most important political leader engage in a trial B y media, in the most extraordinary defamation campaign against a public figure in the history of the country.
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