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Lula's running vice president candidate charged with corruption

Wednesday, September 5th 2018 - 08:24 UTC
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Haddad, an ex mayor of Sao Paulo, will likely become PT’s presidential candidate within days as imprisoned Lula da Silva was barred from running. Photo: Reuters Haddad, an ex mayor of Sao Paulo, will likely become PT’s presidential candidate within days as imprisoned Lula da Silva was barred from running. Photo: Reuters

Sao Paulo state prosecutors in Brazil said on Tuesday they have charged the Workers Party (PT) vice presidential candidate Fernando Haddad with corruption, but any potential trial would not hinder his ability to run.

Haddad, a former mayor of Sao Paulo, will likely become the PT’s presidential candidate within days as imprisoned former president Lula da Silva was barred from running by the top electoral court last week.

Haddad’s candidacy is not in danger of being blocked, as it would be virtually impossible for a trial to play out before the country’s elections next month. But the accusations will allow political rivals to rail against him just a month ahead of the first-round vote.

The accusations included in a written statement center on alleged payments of debts related to Haddad’s campaign for mayor of Sao Paulo in 2012 made by a construction company the following year. The charges must be accepted by a judge to go to trial.

The payments, around 3 million reais (US$ 722,961), were allegedly made by representatives of construction conglomerate UTC Participações to a company that printed Haddad’s campaign materials.

Such payments, according to prosecutors, were aimed at obtaining illegal advantages for UTC as a contractor of public works in the city of Sao Paulo after Haddad had already taken office.

Haddad’s campaign press team in a written statement on Tuesday denied he had committed any wrongdoing and said the prosecutors’ case was based on false plea-bargain testimony.

UTC, in an email, did not directly address the charge against Haddad, but said that it had and would continue to work with prosecutors. Under Brazil’s “Clean Slate” law, a politician whose conviction is upheld on appeal, as is the case with Lula, cannot run for office.

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  • Jack Bauer

    So what else is new ? Nothing really......He and about 90% of all Brazilian politicians are up to their necks in corruption, illegal campaign funds etc...and their defense is always the same: “I deny any wrongdoing, all my campaign funds were accounted for and approved by the electoral court , and I never received one cent, illegally”.....Right, and the moon is made of green cheese.

    Sep 05th, 2018 - 07:07 pm +1
  • :o))

    Praises & Good Wishes to The Brazilian Political Humour!

    Sep 06th, 2018 - 01:12 pm +1
  • Jack Bauer

    EM
    You 'sound' surprised......but I'm sure you are not...

    But for the 3rd time, please tell me who my 'preferred candidate' is, you know, the one you said was 'facing difficulties'...

    Sep 06th, 2018 - 06:58 pm +1
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