Exclusive: “Lula” da Silva Speaks to Brut From Prison

He has been imprisoned for 18 months. His life in detention, Trump, Bolsonaro, the Amazon... Brazil's former president Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva talks to Brut from prison in this exclusive interview.

Lula’s free and ready to fight

The Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) reversed recent precedents by ruling that defendants can only be put in jail after they’ve gone through all of the appeals processes available to them. This has had significant implications for at least 15 Lava Jato defendants – including former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is currently freed from jail and released on appeal if after the Court indeed reversed itself. In 2016 the STF adopted the understanding that defendants who have a conviction upheld by a single appellate court may be sent to jail to begin serving their sentences. Based on this principle, a number of Lava Jato defendants, including Lula, were jailed while their sentences were still under appeal.

With former president Rousseff’s impeachment – led by then-Speaker of the House Eduardo Cunha, who is now in jail for crimes connected to Lava Jato – her Workers’ Party lost its hold on power. At the same time, Lula, the party’s supreme leader, was facing a criminal case for which he would later be convicted and now released. Based on the new STF interpretation, Lula went straight to jail after an appellate court confirmed his conviction. The former Brazilian president is serving nearly nine years for corruption and money-laundering. He rejected prosecutors’ request that he leave prison for house arrest, in accordance with a Brazilian law that lets prisoners with good conduct and who have already served one-sixth of their jail time complete their sentence under a less-restrictive system.

Lula was the most high-profile figure ensnared by a graft probe known as Carwash, which uncovered a kickback scheme involving state-owned companies, construction firms and politicians. His arrest prevented him from running for president that year, even as opinion polls showed him leading the race that ultimately was won by Bolsonaro.


11/06/2019 12:25 AM


  • Ismael F.
    11/29/2019 02:40

    sjw news sucks

  • Jeff W.
    11/29/2019 01:02

    Who could possibly give af what a foreigner thinks about Trump? Btw Polo is much better than brut

  • Jeremy P.
    11/27/2019 19:26

    This guy has so many corruption charges against him he sounds like a Democrat

  • Brad C.
    11/26/2019 20:56

    We're a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. Please learn the difference!

  • Martin B.
    11/25/2019 02:30

    Always its the criminals that say Trump is bad. Imagine that.

  • Flay D.
    11/21/2019 21:37

    He'll be on every Snowflake's T-shirt by Christmas.

  • Thomas C.
    11/19/2019 16:40

    Trump 2020!!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Donald H.
    11/19/2019 01:25

    Sorry not sorry don't care to here anything you have to say about my President

  • David H.
    11/17/2019 20:31


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    11/16/2019 12:03


  • Simone O.
    11/13/2019 23:33

    Que sorriso lindo e um olhar de uma pessoa boa ❤

  • Luzia O.
    11/11/2019 14:37

    Este é o analfabeto que é sábio nas palavras e sensato ao falar , coloca muitos diplomata no bolso !parabéns !!👏👏👏

  • Luzia O.
    11/11/2019 14:24

    Só te dou um conselho lula , para de falar do presidente fak , não vale a pena discutir com o insensato , viva o que você tem que viver e a justiça cairá sobre aqueles que devem , seja lá qual for , ou você ou o outro .O verdadeiro sábio é Deus !

  • Woyzer V.
    11/10/2019 22:59

    Lula livre

  • Lee M.
    11/10/2019 02:34

    MAGA 2020 and Beyond !!!

  • Albano P.
    11/10/2019 02:06


  • Luis d.
    11/10/2019 01:15

    .n o99

  • Valdecir G.
    11/10/2019 01:09

    Meu deus ainda tem qem defende o maior ladrao ja visto no brasil

  • Kelvin S.
    11/09/2019 19:50

    Comunista de merda

  • Francisco D.
    11/09/2019 18:52

    Gostei da entrevista, o cara está lúcido, e não ofende seus adversários.

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