16 Mar 2016

Former Brazilian President Lula manoeuvres to avoid prison

Brazilian prosecutors have requested the arrest of ex-President Lula (PT - Worker's Party) in a money laundering inquiry.
Ex-President Lula
However, to avoid so, the current Brazil President, Mrs. Dilma Rousseff (PT), is said to have offered him to take a cabinet position in her government. According to Brazilian law, politicians have a sort of immunity in case of committing crimes and accepting this position, Mr. Lula would be free, at least temporarily, of any charges against him.

Accepting a cabinet position would give Mr. Lula immunity from Federal judge Sergio Moro, who oversees a sweeping investigation into kickbacks at state-run oil Petrobras and approved the detention of dozens of senior executives as well as some politicians. Close friends of Lula said he was almost convinced he should take the position to “use his power to avoid the looming impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, and not to avoid prison”.

Lula is considered, to many Brazilians, as a traitor who used his position as President to pretend he was helping the poor while he and his family was getting richer using public money.
On 13 March 2016, millions of Brazilians went to the streets to call for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff

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