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Lula followers anticipate “killings” if the ex president is banned from running

Thursday, January 18th 2018 - 09:28 UTC
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“To arrest Lula they will have first to arrest a lot of people, and I would go even further, they will have to kill people, many people”, said Gleisi Hoffmann “To arrest Lula they will have first to arrest a lot of people, and I would go even further, they will have to kill people, many people”, said Gleisi Hoffmann

Brazilian Senator and president of the Workers Party, PT, Gleisi Hoffmann said that jailing ex president Lula da Silva, indicted on corruption charges, once the final ruling is known will mean “killing many people”.

 “To arrest Lula they will have first to arrest a lot of people, and I would go even further, they will have to kill people, many people”, said Gleisi Hoffmann in a long interview published in the news portal “Poder360”.

The head of PT, who considers Lula will be the party's candidate in the coming presidential elections later this year, was referring to the possibility the pre-candidate was again indicted on corruption charges sometime next week in Porto Alegre, capital of the Rio Grande do Sul state.

A regional court on 24 January will revoke or confirm the former president's sentence of nine years and a half of prison for passive corruption and money laundering, in one of the many cases involving the Operation Lava Jato linked to the Petrobras skimming by politicians, company staff and construction companies.

The final sentencing is decisive since the court could ratify or even increase the conviction of the former president who is leading in opinion polls in vote intention for the presidential election in October, and could thus be impeded to run.

The Brazilian legal system states that whoever in convicted on a second hearing can no longer compete for elected posts. Besides Lula could also be imprisoned until all the appeals are decided.

In the interview, Hoffmann who was also head of ex president Dilma Rousseff cabinet and her husband Information minister, underlined that Lula da Silva has been indicted for political reasons so that “he can't run and be re-elected president of Brazil”.

The senator also insisted that if that was the case this would not impede Lula from running in the elections because the PT will present all possible appeals to the electoral court authorities.

Finally Glesis Hoffmann underlined that she trusts Lula da Silva will be absolved because “this is the only possible way to rescue the credibility and seriousness of Brazilian Justice and show to the world that in Brazil the judiciary branch is independent”.

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  • :o))

    While The mockery is unending; of the:
    - Democracy [although in the name only (“so-called”)]
    - Law [made absurdly convenient for the Elite]
    - Order [moserably orderless]
    The Well-Organized Crime Syndicates PREVAIL.
    Besides:
    A well-KNOWN Corrupt is better than an UNknown one!
    OR
    ANY corrupt is “Good Enough” & “Qualified Enough” for the Brazilians! In fact; they are so accustomed to the Overall Corruption; any attempt to govern seriously; is bound to fail! REF:
    http://www.robsonpiresxerife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/charge-do-politico-safado-e-eleitor-idem.jpg

    Jan 18th, 2018 - 10:49 am +3
  • golfcronie

    Mark, Really does it matter if a few more numpties are sacrificing their lived for politics

    Jan 18th, 2018 - 02:32 pm +2
  • Cheshire_Cat

    @Terence Hill:
    Here you go. This article is from the Rousseff era.

    https://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21663157-government-economic-holeand-still-digging-brazil-prepares-make-grave-fiscal-error

    Brazil has managed to run a soaring fiscal deficit all through the commodities boom era, from beginning to end, even as the prices of its products were skyrocketing on the world market. This caused a spike in inflation (reaching two digits in 2015) and even higher fiscal deficit levels as the commodity prices, predictably, fell.

    This forced Temer, after Dilma was impeached for corruption, to carry out a spending adjustment program to lower inflation and the deficit. These programs are usually extremely unpopular for the poor sod executing them, but necessary if further economic disasters are to be prevented.

    In Latin America the left spends, and the centre-right always has to clean house.

    Jan 18th, 2018 - 11:38 pm +2
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