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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.

Many have called out for the former president to be freed

The Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) is expected to reverse 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 could have significant implications for at least 15 Lava Jato defendants – including former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is currently in jail but would be released on appeal if the Court does indeed reverse 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. 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.

Brut.

11/06/2019 12:25 AM
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  • Meriem L.
    11/05/2019 23:29

    Ok

  • Marc A.
    11/05/2019 23:52

    Fala muito bem

  • Márcio A.
    11/05/2019 23:56

    Bandido safado vagabundo ladrão desgraçado

  • Márcio A.
    11/05/2019 23:57

    Cara de pau, pilantra COMUNISTA SAFAFO

  • Hector G.
    11/06/2019 01:07

    Ladron comunista de paso

  • Gilbert R.
    11/06/2019 01:39

    Het is dan uit mt bolsonario!

  • Pam B.
    11/06/2019 01:53

    It sounds like the Brazilian President is running parallel to the US President right now.

  • Elias V.
    11/06/2019 02:14

    It's just a thief.

  • André R.
    11/06/2019 04:13

    Como pode ser tão mentiroso assim!!

  • André R.
    11/06/2019 04:17

    Esse é um homem muito perigoso suas mentiras matam, roubou trilhões do Brasil para financiar genocidas assasinos. Muitas pessoas foram mortas através dele!!!

  • André R.
    11/06/2019 04:30

    Bolsonaro está nos devolvendo o orgulho de ser Brasileiro e patriota não precisamos de vc!!!

  • Sergio M.
    11/06/2019 05:08

    Mínino Bom

  • Jj S.
    11/06/2019 13:41

    Como lloraba cuando lo metieron preso!Cobarde comunista de mierda!

  • Alexandre M.
    11/06/2019 14:13

    <3

  • Maria S.
    11/06/2019 14:18

    E vai ficar aí por um bom tempo

  • Samuel C.
    11/06/2019 14:20

    Olha um presidiário falando do Donald Trump..... Puta merda é o fim mesmo... Hahahahaha... Lula lixo!

  • Glaucia O.
    11/06/2019 14:22

    !! My president!! Always <3

  • Brut
    11/06/2019 14:23

    Learn more about why Lula is in prison: https://theintercept.com/2019/10/04/fearful-of-lulas-exoneration-his-once-fanatical-prosecutors-request-his-release-from-prison-but-lula-refuses/

  • Jean J.
    11/06/2019 14:24

    Tem que trabalhar 10 horas por dia pra pagar o que vc come, bebe, Luz, água e aluguel como qlqr trabalhador brasileiro

  • Juracy L.
    11/06/2019 14:26

    Tu tá prezo babaca quando tu tava na presidência só roubava por isso vocês não admite que nosso Bolsonaro e. Mito