The Brazilian judiciary decided on Tuesday to unanimously overturn a complaint against former President Lula da Silva (2003-2011), who was accused of helping construction company Odebrecht with a job in Angola.
With this decision, Lula will be freed from the crimes he has been charged with, such as manipulation, passive corruption and criminal organization.
Lula’s defense has issued a statement stressing that this is the fifth complaint filed against the former president and that it will be rejected by the courts due to lack of evidence. In this case, the criminal act submitted by the Attorney General was “precarious” and “without evidence”.
Prosecutors confirmed that the former president of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) had acted on behalf of Odebrecht in a series of works in Angola in exchange for payments that Lula would have benefited from.
Now the defense is focused on the two appeals filed with the Supreme Court demanding that the trial against Lula in the “Lava Jato” case in Curitiba be set aside and that the trial be repeated because both prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol and Wie the then judge who now former Minister of Justice to the President, Jair Bolsonaro, Sergio Moro, they were not impartial.