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Lava Jato repeats unreasonable accusations, says Lula’s defense about new complaint
Former president and his brother Frei Chico were denounced by the Lava Jato de Sao Paulo task force for continued passive corruption. According to MPF, Frei Chico received “allowance” from Odebrecht between 2003 and 2015 in exchange for benefits obtained by the company from the government. “Lula has never offered the Odebrech Group any ‘improper advantage package’, so much so that the complaint does not describe, much less prove any illegal act by the former president. their family members, “said his lawyer, Cristiano Zanin Martins
247 – Former President Lula’s defense called “new accusations” the new complaint made by the Lava Jato task force in Sao Paulo against the former president and his brother Frei Chico. Both were reported for the crime of continued passive corruption.
According to the MPF, Frei Chico received “allowance” from Odebrecht from R $ 3 to R $ 5,000 between 2003 and 2015 as “part of a package of improper advantages offered to Lula, in exchange for the various benefits obtained by Odebrecht from the federal government”.
“Lula has never offered the Odebrech Group any ‘improper advantage package’, so much so that the complaint does not describe, much less prove any illegal act by the former president. [He] also never claimed any improper advantage for himself or any of relatives, “said Lula’s lawyer, Cristiano Zanin Martins.
Frei Chico’s defense, represented by attorney Antônio Funari, sees the complaint as “absurd” as it has been handed over to the MPF “abundant documentation” proving that Frei Chico worked for Odebrecht and that the case corresponds to a period even before Lula is president. In addition, he recalled that witnesses appointed by the defense were not heard in the process. “I am finding this complaint very strange. It makes no sense. We have delivered documents that clearly prove that Friar Chico was serving Odebrecht,” he told 247.
In a telephone conversation with 247, Friar Chico said that he never received an allowance, but rather worked as a consultant for Odebrecht. Lula’s brother also stressed that the defense witnesses appointed by him to speak in the process were never heard.
This weekend, new leaks from The Intercept website opened up the political plans of Operation Lava Jato, which in 2016 manipulated the episode version of Lula’s appointment as Minister of the House, preventing this from happening and strengthening the environment for the government. blow that took Dilma Rousseff out of power.
Read the full note issued by Lula’s defense:
The complaint filed today (09/09/2019) in São Paulo by prosecutors of the franchise “Lava Jato” against Lula repeats the same and unreasonable accusations already presented in other criminal proceedings against the former president, in particular, the criminal action No. 5063130 -17.2016.4.04.7000 (case of the property that was never intended for Instituto Lula), which is before the 13th. Federal Criminal Court of Curitiba and criminal action No. 1026137-89.2018.4.01.3400 / DF, which is pending before the 10th. Federal Criminal Court of Brasilia (Janus case).
Lula has never offered the Odebrech Group any “package of improper advantages”, so much so that the complaint does not describe, much less proves any illegal act by the former president. Once again the prosecutor resorted to the subterfuge of the “undetermined act”, in a kind of wildcard used to multiply unreasonable accusations against Lula.
The former president has also never claimed any improper advantage for himself or any of his family members. The complaint comes the next day of serious revelations by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo of Lava Jato’s illegal action against Lula, showing the concealment of evidence of innocence and undue and illegal action aimed at breaking democracy in the country.
The use of criminal proceedings and the repetition of the same and unreasonable accusations in different proceedings proves that Lula is a victim of “lawfare”, which consists in the abuse of laws and legal procedures to promote political persecution.
Cristiano Zanin Martins