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Lula appeals to UN claiming he is victim of abuse of power by a judge and media in a corruption investigation

Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 07:58 UTC
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British lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who has defended Mike Tyson and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, joined Lula's Brazilian lawyers in filing the petition British lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who has defended Mike Tyson and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, joined Lula's Brazilian lawyers in filing the petition
As president from 2003 to 2011, Lula campaigned to help Brazil win the 2014 World Cup and next month's Summer Olympics. As president from 2003 to 2011, Lula campaigned to help Brazil win the 2014 World Cup and next month's Summer Olympics.
The 39-page petition lashes out at federal Judge Sergio Moro, who presides over most cases in the Petrobras investigation and has ordered dozens of arrests The 39-page petition lashes out at federal Judge Sergio Moro, who presides over most cases in the Petrobras investigation and has ordered dozens of arrests

Lawyers for Brazil's former President Lula da Silva petitioned the United Nations on Thursday with allegations that his human rights had been violated in a corruption investigation.

 Lula, once a leftist icon and Brazil's most influential politician, is under investigation for allegedly benefiting from a massive kickback scheme at Petrobras, once the country's largest corporation and pride of the country.

British lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who has defended boxer Mike Tyson and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, joined Lula's Brazilian lawyers in filing the petition to the U.N. Human Rights Committee.

As president from 2003 to 2011, Lula campaigned to help Brazil win the 2014 World Cup and next month's Summer Olympics.

Companies such as Odebrecht SA are accused of overcharging Petrobras for work and passing kickbacks on to politicians. They are also being investigated for graft on World Cup stadium contracts and Olympic venues. Odebrecht said it was cooperating with authorities. Lula said he was innocent and was the victim of a witch hunt.

The 39-page petition lashes out at federal Judge Sergio Moro, who presides over most cases in the Petrobras investigation and has ordered the arrest of dozens of high-level construction executives in recent years.

“Lula is a victim of abuse of power by a judge, with the complicity of prosecutors and the media,” the petition said.

Lula hopes the U.N. “will not only provide some compensation for the violation of his rights but also help future governments draft laws and procedures that can improve the fight against corruption while protecting the basic rights of suspects.”

Moro allowed prosecutors to detain Lula for questioning at an airport in Sao Paulo in March. The petition said that was illegal. Moro did not immediately respond to the petition, but he has repeatedly said his actions were legal.

The Supreme Court took over the Lula investigation later in March after Moro released a wiretap of a conversation between Lula and then-President Dilma Rousseff. Moro said the phone call was evidence Rousseff was appointing Lula to her Cabinet to shield him from prosecution.

Rousseff was since impeached on unrelated charges of manipulating public accounts; a final Senate vote is pending. The Supreme Court has again given Moro jurisdiction over Lula's case.

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  • LEPRecon

    What is it with these petty dictators and crooks?

    Appeal to the UN? Well Mr Lula, the UN rarely gets involved in and internal matter such as this. You are under investigation on charges of fraud, amongst many others, the UN will do nothing.

    Crying to the UN not only won't help, but makes you look desperate...which are suppose you are.

    If you didn't want to go to prison then you shouldn't have abused your power and your position. Crying about it now won't help.

    Jul 30th, 2016 - 09:51 am 0
  • RICO

    No chance Lula, you cannot offer anyone a cut, so no one will help.

    Jul 30th, 2016 - 05:18 pm 0
  • Terence Hill

    1 LEPRecon “What is it with these petty dictators and crooks?” I'm somewhat puzzled as I don't know of any that have appealed to to the U.N. Human Rights Committee before. Perhaps you could enlighten me by providing the names of such persons.

    Jul 30th, 2016 - 05:47 pm 0
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