(Brasilia) Brazil’s Supreme Court, Thursday, made a very supportive decision by Luis Inacio Lula da Silva by affirming that the former left-wing president’s corruption convictions would be annulled, making him eligible for the 2022 presidential election.
“With this decision of the Supreme Court, were it not for a candidate,” far-right president Jair Bolsonaro responded, stating that the population should be concerned about the “future of Brazil” if the left symbol returns to power. .
By a large majority of 8 against 3, the judges meeting in a plenary session confirmed the decision of Judge Edson Fashin, who had estimated at the beginning of March that the (South) court of Curitiba that had convicted Lula in two trials was “not competent.”
So they also confirmed de facto that the former president (2003-2010) was again eligible for a third term and that he could face Jair Bolsonaro in next year’s poll.
“If Lula returns to vote, then everything is fine. But imagine what the future of Brazil will be with the kind of people you will bring into the government,” President Bolsonaro quipped during his weekly Facebook live.
Lula, 75, has yet to formally confirm he will be a candidate, although he has repeatedly stated that he is ready to return to the political arena when the time is right.
But the clash of giants against Jair Bolsonaro has already begun. The former left-wing president fired a red bullets at the extreme-right president, whom he described as “genocide” due to his chaotic management of the Coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than 365,000 in Brazil.
The Supreme Court upheld Lula (political) rights. It is a historic day. It took a long time, but it happened, ”on Twitter following the Thursday ruling, Glesse Hoffman, chairman of the Labor Party, which Lula co-founded in 1980.
However, the Supreme Court’s decision does not exempt the former trade unionist from his merits.
In a future hearing, the judges will have to decide whether to order a referral of the case to a court in Brasilia or São Paulo.
The 11 judges also have to decide later whether Judge Sergio Moro, who sentenced Lula to prison in 2017, was “biased” and acted at the expense of the former leftist president. The Second Chamber of the Supreme Court had already tilted in this direction on March 23.
Lula was particularly accused of collecting bribes for construction companies in awarding public contracts, linked to the state oil company Petrobras, as part of the “Lavage Express” investigation.
But he has always declared his innocence and cried out a political plot to prevent him from running in the 2018 presidential election, which was ultimately won by Jair Bolsonaro.
After he was sentenced on 2e For example, in 2018, he was jailed for 18 months and forced to abandon the presidential election in which he was the biggest candidate, according to opinion polls.
The former Turner Miller, whom Mr. Bolsonaro wished to “rot in prison,” was finally released in November 2019. The Supreme Court ruled that the execution of the sentence could only be enforced after the convicts had exhausted all remedies.
In the same year, Lola was sentenced to 17 years in prison at 2e Lawsuit in another case: Accused of profiting from a business on a rural property site in Atibaia, São Paulo, in exchange for contracts with a construction company.