Brazil: Lula’s defense rejects another accusation in Odebrecht case


Brasilia, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s defense rejects an unfounded accusation about a peobable decision by the former president that the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (Bndes) favored the company Odebrecht.

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Brazil: Lula’s defense rejects another accusation in Odebrecht case

Brasilia, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s defense rejects an unfounded accusation about a peobable decision by the former president that the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (Bndes) favored the company Odebrecht.

Lula has not committed any crime and the accusation against him is ‘frivolous and without real foundation,’ said lawyer Cristiano Zanin, part of the defense of former workers leader.

According to the G1 news portal, Judge Vallisney de Souza Oliveira, of the tenth Federal Court of Brasilia, scheduled for May the hearing of witnesses’ statements in a criminal process that investigates whether Lula and 10 other people acted so Bndes favored the construction company Odebrecht .

In total, more than 40 witnesses registered by Lula’s defense will be heard by videoconference between May 26 and June 8. Among the deponents are ex-minister Miguel Jorge and advisers Paulo Okamotto and Clara Ant.

Given this announcement, Zanin insisted that ‘former President Lula has not committed any crime and this accusation, like the others, is frivolous and without real foundation.’

He explained that ‘the own witnesses registered by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), such as collaborator Marcelo Odebrecht, declared that the accusations against Lula are unfair’.

He stressed the defense witnesses will surely reinforce this scenario, which should lead to the former president’s acquittal.

Lula, the nephew of his first wife, Taiguara dos Santos, businessman Marcelo Odebrecht and others are accused by the Prosecutor of the Federal District of crimes such as criminal organization, money laundering, corruption and influence peddling.

Such irregularities were investigated after the so-called Operation Janus of the Federal Police.

In the complaint against Lula, the MPF affirms that the ex-president acted with the Bndes ‘and other Brasilia organs’ to favor Odebrecht in loans for engineering works in Angola.

In exchange, indicates the Prosecutor’s Office, the contractor paid the amounts involved of up to R $ 30 million (about $ 5.6 million dollars).

At all times, the defense of Lula denounces that the founder of the Workers’ Party faces judicial and political persecution that separates him from the political scene and left him out of the presidential elections of October 2018.


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