The Federal District Court of the IV Region of Brazil unanimously rejected the appeal of former President Lula da Silva for the Atibaia case on Wednesday, for which he upheld the 17-year prison sentence for a corruption crime he was accused of. in the second instance for bribery from various construction companies.
During the session held at a conference following the Covid-19 pandemic, the judges also denied the defense’s request, which had asked for a revision of the judgment due to the “doubts, contradictions and omissions” resulting from its sanction. .
Lula, who has always defended his innocence, was sentenced to 17 years in prison and one month in prison for corruption and money laundering in November 2019 because the judiciary had received bribes from construction companies Odebrecht and OAS, which would have resulted in the work to reform one Property in Atibaia, a municipality in the state of São Paulo, to benefit these two companies in future contracts with state-owned petrobras.
Lula’s lawyer, Cristiano Zanin, described the decision as “unfair and arbitrary” and questioned the court’s refusal to hold the hearing in person, as it practically prevented the defense from “clarifying facts or asking questions.” “. This is “a violation of the constitutional guarantees” and the rights provided for in the Statute for Lawyers.