Persecution of Lula shows just how far our enemies will go

Persecution of Lula shows just how far our enemies will go

Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court has dismissed the complaint filed by ex-minister Antonio Palocci, against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, ruling in favor of the defense, citing a violation of impartiality given the announcement of the accusations six days before the 2018 elections, teleSUR reports.

Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court has dismissed the complaint filed by ex-minister Antonio Palocci, against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, ruling in favor of the defense, citing a violation of impartiality given the announcement of the accusations six days before the 2018 elections, teleSUR reports.

Palocci's complaint was accepted by then Federal Judge Sergio Moro, days before the first round of the Presidential elections, with the clear objective of preventing the victory of the Workers' Party (PT) and electing Bolsonaro.

The PT leadership and Lula's defense team insist that this is another demonstration of Moro's political objectives, who as a "reward for his work" would become Minister of Justice under the government he helped install.

PT President Gleisi Hoffmann tweeted, "It's official: Moro acted to elect Bolsonaro.”

Lula da Silva was accused of accepting a property from the construction firm Odebrecht, worth 12 million dollars.

Cubans, like millions of honest people around the world, never had the slightest doubt about Lula’s innocence. The first secretary of the the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, Army General Raul Castro Ruz, in his remarks during the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, in Santiago de Cuba, noted: "They managed to imprison compañero Lula da Silva, and deprived him of the right to run as the Workers' Party’s Presidential candidate, to prevent his sure victory in the past elections.”

At the closing of the 25th Sao Paulo Forum, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez likewise insisted: "Lula, imprisoned under false charges using scandalous legal maneuvers, is an example of just how far the enemies of the left can go."

It seems that the old adage that justice may be delayed, but not denied, was fulfilled in this case; not by chance, but as a result of the determined struggle of millions.