Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Brazil’s Lula Ruling Shows Politics Decided by Judicial System, Not People

former Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula
The weekend decision by a Brazilian appeals court to overrule an order allowing the release of former Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva from prison proves that the judicial system is pulling the strings on Brazil's politics, Aline Piva, journalist and member of Brazilians for Democracy and Social Justice, told Sputnik.

The head-spinning saga began on Sunday when appellate Judge Rogério Favreto ruled that the popular leftist politician, who has been serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption since April, be freed. The order was later blocked by Judge Sergio Moro, the same judge who sentence Lula to prison in the first place.

Moro wasn't the only legal official to step into the legal battlefield, though. Judge Pedro Gebran Neto, the chief appellate judge overseeing Lula's case, jumped in and ordered Lula to remain in prison and instructed federal police to disregard Favreto's ruling.

Lula served as the President of Brazil from 2003 to 2011, but was convicted in July 2017 of corruption and money-laundering for accepting a seaside apartment that was remodeled to his liking......https://sptnkne.ws/hYXr

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