Case of former President Lula indicates that Brazilian judges are on a moral quest to ‘cleanse’ politics – and they’re willing to bend the law to do it.
Brazilian federal judge Sergio Moro said there is still lack of interest from the country’s political establishment to fight corruption, despite the political and economic crisis the practice sent the country into.
The former politician’s defence team said they would appeal the decision. Eduardo Cunha will remain imprisoned pending appeal.
Supreme Court judge Teori Zavascki handled cases involving politicians in the largest corruption probe in Brazil’s history.
The corruption case will also put on trial Lula’s wife, Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva; OAS Chief Executive Jose Aldemario “Leo” Pinheiro; Paulo Okamotto, the president of the Lula Institute, and four others.
Lula, who is likely to contest the 2018 presidential election in Brazil, is under investigation for corruption related to the Petrobas scandal.
Neoliberal parties, the corporate media, a conservative judiciary, oil lobbyists, the white elite and right-wing groups, with generous help from outside, have ganged up to derail the country’s government. And it’s being made to look like a popular uprising against a corrupt regime.