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Ex president Lula faces new charges and must declare next 11 September

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Lula da Silva together with ex managers of construction giants Odebrecht and OAS are defendants in the case involving the purchase and reforms of a property Lula da Silva together with ex managers of construction giants Odebrecht and OAS are defendants in the case involving the purchase and reforms of a property

Brazilian federal judge Sergio Moro has summoned ex president Lula da Silva for questioning next 11 September in a case related to reforms made in a camp house, Sitio Santa Barbara, in Atibaia, Sao Paulo state and which was frequently used by the Lula da Silva family.

 The former president who is imprisoned in the Federal Police headquarters in Curitiba, together with ex managers of construction giants Odebrecht and OAS are defendants in the case.

The property is part of the Lava Jato major investigation on Petrobras, and it is suspected that the reforms were done and paid by the accused companies.

According to the prosecution investigators reforms in the building began following the purchase of the property by businessmen Fernando Bittar and Jona Suassuna, good friends of Lula, and “the first blueprints were elaborated to comfort the needs of the former president's family”.

According to the report elaborated by the Brazilian Federal Police, in 2016, the experts point to some of the reforms among which a kitchen, at a cost of 252.000 Reales (some US$ 85.000). It is estimated that the overall the purchase and reforms added up to 1.7 million Reais (some US$ 600.000), which includes the value of the property 1.1 million Reais and 550.000 Reais in reforms.

The defense of the ex president argues that Lula is not the owner of the property.

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  • Terence Hill

    ”The Supreme Federal Court (STF) of Brazil declared this past Thursday that the practices that Judge Sergio Moro used against the suspects of the Lava Jato operation to give a statement by sending the Federal Police to look for them were unconstitutional.
    With a vote of six to five, the ruling of the STF against this practice known as “coercive driving” confirms that forcing someone to declare is unconstitutional unless all other legal remedies have been exhausted.
    The ruling came in response to requests from the Workers' Party (PT) and the Brazilian Bar Association (AOB).
    This method was used in 2016 against former President Lula da Silva, when Judge Moro sent about 500 federal police to look for him to be questioned by a commissioner.
    At that time, Moro justified his action alleging that it was due to Lula's political position as ex-president of the nation.

    DESPITE THE NEW RULING, THE TSF CLARIFIED THAT THE MEASURE CAN NOT BE USED “IN ANY WAY” RETROACTIVELY, SO THE STATEMENTS OBTAINED IN THIS WAY WILL REMAIN LEGAL.”
    https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Judge-Moro-Measure-Against-Lula-Declared-Unconstitutional-20180617-0024.html
    This could only happen under Brazil's 'unusual' legal system.

    Jun 28th, 2018 - 10:04 pm 0
  • :o))

    @TH:

    REF: “This could only happen under Brazil's 'unusual' legal system”

    Perhaps you actually mean:
    “This could only happen under Brazil's 'UNUSUALLY CORRUPT' legal system”: REF:
    http://www.chargeonline.com.br/php/DODIA//mariano.jpg

    Jun 29th, 2018 - 08:45 am 0
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