The Supreme electoral court of Brazil registered the former head of state, Inacio Lula da Silva, as a candidate for the presidential election. He is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption and money laundering.
After the Workers ‘ Party decided to nominate him at the beginning of the month, the formal approval of former President Lula da Silva followed. His supporters insist that he is innocent and a “political prisoner”, so he must be released immediately.
As the court condemned the former President (Brazil held between 2003 and 2010), the validity of the candidacy by September 17 will be determined by the competent electoral court. If Lula da Silva’s candidacy is annulled, Fernando Haddad , former Governor of são Paulo and current Vice President of Brazil at 207 million euros, will be in the presidential battle .
Recall Lula supporters organized a multi-day March in support of the ex-President. Three columns of supporters of the former head of Brazil came from the cities of Formosa, Luzania and Engenu das Lages and met in the capital. On August 16, more than 10,000 supporters of the former President of Brazil held a demonstration near the building of the Supreme electoral court in the capital of the country in support of his candidacy to the list of candidates for the presidency.
The arrested ex-President Lula da Silva led Brazil from 2003 to 2011, was charged with seven crimes, including several episodes of corruption, illegal lobbying and the illegal financing of political campaigns. The case of the politician was investigated within the largest in the history of the country anti-corruption ” Operation car Wash“(“Operation Car Wash”). Former head of state was found guilty of receiving bribes of $1 million Most of this amount is an estimate of the cost of a luxury apartment on the beach, which Lula allegedly received from his accomplices.
Prosecutors say that the former President received not only apartments in the beach resort of Guaruja, but also an apartment in the suburbs of Sao Paulo, as well as a plot of land worth $4 million, which was later built owned by Lula charitable Institute.
General elections will be held in Brazil in October. In addition to the President, they will elect the Vice-President , the national Congress of Brazil, as well as governors, Vice-governors and state legislatures.