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IN A STATEMENT, LULA POINTS OUT MANEUVERS OF THE JUDICIARY AND REAFFIRMS CANDIDACY
In a letter read Tuesday by the president of the PT, Gleisi Hoffmann, former president Lula highlighted several maneuvers he suffered in the judiciary and said: “All this leads me to believe that there is no reason to believe that I will have justice, because what I see now, in the public behavior of some Supreme Court ministers, is the mere reproduction of what happened in the first and second instances “; he challenged his “accusers to submit” even a proof against him “until August 15 of this year, when my candidacy will be registered in the Electoral Court”; read the whole letter and watch the letter
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247 – Leader in all polls, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, arrested in Curitiba (PR), reaffirmed his candidacy for the Planalto Palace, in a letter read Tuesday by the national president of the PT, Senator Gleisi Hoffmann (PR), during a meeting of the National Executive, at the party’s national headquarters in Brasilia.
According to the former president, “the time has come for all democrats committed to defending the Democratic State of Law to repudiate the maneuvers that I am being victimized, so that the Constitution prevails, not the devices of those who disrespect it for fear of the news of Television. “
Lula denounced a series of maneuvers that have been suffering in the Judiciary and declared: “All this leads me to believe that there is no reason to believe that I will have Justice, because what I see now in the public behavior of some Supreme Court ministers is mere reproduction of what happened in the first and second instances “.
He challenged his “accusers to submit” even a proof against him “until August 15 of this year, when my candidacy will be registered in the Electoral Court.”
Read the entire letter and, below, watch the video of the reading of the manifesto by Gleisi:
My friends and my friends,
The time has come for all democrats committed to the defense of the Democratic State of Law to repudiate the maneuvers I am being victimized, so that the Constitution prevails, not the devices of those who disrespect it for fear of the TV news.
The only thing I want is for the Lava Jet Task Force, made up of the Federal Police, the Public Prosecution, the Moor and the TRF-4, to show the company a single piece of evidence that I have committed some crime. It is not enough to say the word of conviction or conviction of power point. If there was impartiality and seriousness in my judgment, the process would not have to have thousands of pages, since it was only to show a document proving that I am the owner of such property in Guarujá.
Based on a lie published by the newspaper O Globo, assigning me the property of an apartment in Guarujá, the Federal Police, reproducing the lie, began an investigation; the Public Prosecutor, accepting the same lie, made the accusation and, finally, always based on the unproven lie, Judge Moro condemned me. The TRF-4, following the same plot started with the lie, confirmed the conviction.
All this leads me to believe that there is no longer any reason to believe that I will have justice, because what I see now in the public behavior of some Supreme Court ministers is the mere reproduction of what happened in the first and second instances.
First, Minister Fachin withdrew from the Second Panel of the Supreme Court the habeas corpus trial that could prevent my arrest and referred him to the Plenary. This maneuver prevented the Second Class, whose majority position against the pre-trial detention was already known, granted habeas corpus. This was demonstrated in the Plenary trial, where four of the five Ministers of the Second Class voted to grant the order.
Then, in the precautionary measure in which my defense postulated the suspensory effect to the extraordinary appeal, in order to release me, the same Minister decided to take the case directly to the Second Class, and the trial was scheduled for June 26. The issue raised in this precautionary measure has never been considered by the Plenary or by the Panel, since what is discussed here is whether the reasons for my appeal are capable of justifying the suspension of the effects of the TRF-4 agreement, so that I can respond to the case in freedom .
However, in the wake of Friday’s lights, June 22, a few minutes after the publication of the TRF-4 decision that denied my appeal (which took place at 7:05 pm), as if it were armed with a stench, the injunction was denied and the process was extinguished, an artifice that, once again, prevented my case from being tried by the competent judicial body (decision issued at 7:40 pm).
My defense appealed against the decision of the TRF-4 and also of the decision that extinguished the process of the precautionary. However, surprisingly, once again the rapporteur has referred the judgment of this appeal directly to the Plenary. With this more maneuver, the natural competence of the body that was the judgment of my case was again subtracted. As was demonstrated at the session of June 26, when my precautionary order would be judged, the Second Panel has the firm understanding that it is possible to grant suspensive effect to an extraordinary appeal filed in a similar situation to mine. The maneuvers reached their goal: my request for freedom was not tried.
It is necessary to ask why the rapporteur first referred the trial of the injunction directly to the Second Panel and then sent to the Plenary the trial of the regimental aggravation, which by law should be assessed by the same competent body to judge the resource?
Monocratic decisions have been used to choose the collegiate which momentarily seems more convenient, as if there were some compromise with the outcome of the trial. They are conceived as a procedural strategy and not as an instrument of justice. Such conduct, in addition to depriving me of the guarantee of the natural judge, is conceivable only for accusers and defenders, but totally inappropriate for a magistrate whose function requires impartiality and detachment from the political arena.
I’m not asking for favor; I’m demanding respect.
Throughout my life, and I tell 72 years, I believed and preached that sooner or later always prevails justice for people victims of irresponsibility of false accusations. Especially in my case, where the false accusations are corroborated only by informers who confessed to having robbed, who are sentenced to tens of years in prison and in desperate search of the approval of the accusations, through which they obtain the freedom, the possession and conservation of some of the stolen money. People who would be able to accuse their own mother for benefits.
It is dramatic and cruel the doubt between continuing to believe that there can be Justice and the refusal to participate in a farce.
If you do not want me to be President, the simplest way to do it is to have the courage to practice democracy and defeat me at the polls.
I did not commit any crime. I repeat: I did not commit any crime. Therefore, until they present at least a material proof that blurs my innocence, I am a candidate for President of the Republic. I challenge my accusers to present this evidence until August 15 of this year, when my candidacy will be registered in the Electoral Court.
_Curitiba, July 3, 2018_
* Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva *