MADRID, Apr 12. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, has warned this Sunday that in Brazil “the persecution intends to restart” against the former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and has asked the Brazilian Justice to maintain the decision of the Federal Supreme Court (TSF) to annul the trials against the ex-president.
Through a series of messages on his Twitter account, Fernández highlighted that the Supreme Court’s decision to “annul the trials that had determined Lula’s conviction, setting aside the judge and prosecutors who intervened in the case” had “singular relevance “.
The decision, he adds, “revealed the actions of different power factors (political and media) that conditioned the administration of Justice to deprive a citizen of the possibility of electoral competition.”
Furthermore, the annulment issued by the Supreme Court “left in all of us, defenders of the rule of law, the conviction that the judicial system of our beloved Brazil had preserved the democratic institutionality.”
However, adds the Argentine president, “these days, we see with concern that the persecution of Lula is trying to restart using the same bad practices that were used before”, to influence that “to reverse the decision made by the Supreme Court. due to media and political pressures, it would mean an institutional setback for Brazil and incalculable damage for those of us who vindicate the rule of law as the basis for sustaining democracy. “
“Lula is a democratic leader not only for Brazil but also for the entire Latin American continent. The persecution that imprisoned and wrongly condemned him represents a stain that Brazil does not deserve and that the Supreme Court has begun to clean up”, demonstrating the capacity of the judicial system of Brazil of “self-review preserving the correct administration of Justice”.
The Federal Supreme Court of Brazil annulled on March 9 the convictions against Lula da Silva related to the corruption scheme ‘Lava Jato’ and restored his political rights, so he could stand again for the election of public office, something that confirmed last week assuring that he could run for the 2022 presidential elections “if necessary.”
Lula was sentenced to twelve years and one month in prison for the crimes of passive corruption and money laundering for accepting the luxury triplex in Sao Paulo as payment from the construction company OAS for his political favors and entered prison on April 7, 2018 .
His conviction also meant his disqualification as a presidential candidate when he was the favorite in the polls for the presidential elections of October 7, 2018, which brought the far-right Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency.