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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 07:52 PM

Brazilian prosecutors who indicted Lula da Silva schemed to prevent his party from winning

An enormous trove of secret documents reveals that Brazil’s most powerful prosecutors, who have spent years insisting they are apolitical, instead plotted to prevent the Workers’ Party, or PT, from winning the 2018 presidential election.

The massive archive, provided exclusively to The Intercept, shows multiple examples of politicized abuse of prosecutorial powers by those who led the country’s sweeping Operation Car Wash corruption probe since 2014.

It also reveals a long-denied political and ideological agenda.

One glaring example occurred 10 days before the first round of presidential voting last year, when a Supreme Court justice granted a petition from the country’s largest newspaper, Folha de São Paulo, to interview former President Luiz Inácio 'Lula' da Silva, who was in prison on corruption charges brought by the Car Wash task force.

Immediately upon learning of that decision on September 28, 2018, the team of prosecutors in the case — who had vehemently denied being driven by political motives — began discussing in a private Telegram chat group how to undermine the Supreme Court decision, and thus block a pre-election interview.

The Car Wash prosecutors explicitly said that their motive in stopping Lula’s interview was to prevent the PT from winning.

A press conference before the second round of voting could help elect Haddad,” prosecutor Laura Tessler wrote in the chat group, referring to the PT’s candidate Fernando Haddad.

The chief of the prosecutor task force, Deltan Dallagnol, and another prosecutor agreed to “pray” together that the events of that day would not usher in the PT’s return to power.

Haddad replaced Lula after the latter was banned from running, thus paving the way for far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Polls showed Lula winning handily, had he been allowed to run.

The former president was convicted in April 2018, just as Brazil's campaign season got underway. Lacking material evidence, his conviction was based solely on testimony from jailed contractors.

The apartment Lula was alleged without proof to have received from a contractor by way of a bribe, was put on the market by its real owner last week.

The judge who oversaw the case, Sérgio Moro, was appointed Minister of Justice by President Bolsonaro.

At: https://theintercept.com/2019/06/09/brazil-car-wash-prosecutors-workers-party-lula/

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva, arguably his country's most prominent political prisoner, during his April 26 interview - the first he's been allowed to give since his imprisonment a year ago.

What's App and Telegram messages published by The Intercept show that political motives governed prosecutors' actions.

Convicted last year solely on testimony from a contractor kept in a rat-infested dungeon until he incriminated him, the UN considers his detention arbitrary.

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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 02:02 AM

1. I wonder how much of this information is known, by now, commonly, in Brazil?

One would think people reflecting on the timing of throwing Lula in prison, and the credibility of the charges would have to start seeing through the deceptions which have been floated as the truth concerning this "election."

Who on earth could Deltan Dallagnol and others think they are fooling by pretending they actually prayed as they got busy stealing the election and planting the sociopath in the Presidency.

Wondering how much of this information is common knowledge in Brazil by now...

It's painful for human beings to see governments being hijacked in both Argentina and Brazil, just as we've seen happening here.

Looked for a photo of Prayin' Deltan Dallagnol, to see the face of a deeply religious man, and found this article:

OAB recommends temporary removal of Moro and Deltan

It can not be disregarded the seriousness of the facts, says entity, that calls for full, impartial and exempt investigation on possible promiscuity in criminal actions

About Us | access_time10 Jun 2019, 18h49 - Published on 10 Jun 2019, 18h24

The federal prosecutor in Curitiba Deltan Dallagnol and the Minister of Justice, Sergio Moro (José Cruz / Marcelo Camargo / Agência Brasil)

The Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) unanimously approved on Monday, 10, to recommend the temporary removal from office of Justice Minister Sergio Moro of the coordinator of the Lava Jato task force in Curitiba, Deltan Dallagnol , and of other Republican prosecutors cited in dialogues revealed by a series of reports from The Intercept Brazil.

The removal would take place until the investigations were closed. In a statement, the federal council of the entity defends "full, impartial and exempt investigation", in view of the "seriousness of the facts" and what it calls a "possible relationship of promiscuity" in conducting criminal proceedings in the scope of the operation.

The organization also claims to have been "perplexed" not only by the content of the recorded conversations, "which threaten the very foundation of the democratic rule of law", but also because public authorities allegedly were hacked "with a serious risk to institutional security."

For the OAB, any investigation of the case must preserve the independence and impartiality of the Judiciary, press freedom and the Constitutional prerogative of secrecy of the source. "All as a way to guarantee the solidity of the democratic pillars of the Republic."



(One would think a normal person would want to count all his/her fingers after shaking hands with either one of these people! Good grief!

I suspect one of them keeps you distracted while the other sticks a knife in your back.)

So much is happening there, and in Argentina, so much really bad stuff, yet it appears there is at least a chance better people might be working to straighten things out, one way or another. I wonder if we are foolish to hope at this point.

Thanks for posting the information, sandensea. We really need it.

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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 02:15 AM

2. It's YOOGE news, as you can imagine.

In Brazil, as well as in Argentina, where the similarity to Macri's tactic of using mostly trumped-up charges against Cristina Kirchner and her former officials is unmistakable.

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes, for one, called for a retrial - and he's no Lula supporter (he was Cardoso's Attorney General).

But I can't help but think that while Bolsonazi's in office, freedom for Lula da Silva is all but impossible - no matter what evidence comes out against Moro, Dallagnol and the rest of them.

Meanwhile, Bolso's approval ratings have sunk to 35% - and heading lower. If this keeps going, he'll have Macri as a neighbor in Miami sooner rather than later.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 03:48 AM

3. Cristina Kirchner, had totally forgotten what happened to her, momentarily, focused upon Lula!

They have assaulted her from every direction, already, without destroying her, knock on wood. So many attempts, so many tricks, starting almost as soon as her husband died. It's overwhelming, when you step back a bit, to see the whole picture. Good grief! I often wondered if they imagined they could ruin her simply because she wasn't used to rough stuff, and she was suddenly alone in the world.

What a horror Bolsonaro has gathered up so much power illegitimately. I have no doubt he and Macri probably have had so many operatives working behind the scenes on their plans to steal their countries' governments, like Trump.

So hard to watch these 3 monsters operate day by day, isn't it? Very cool learning Bolso's popularity is at 35%, and that Macri's not faring so well, either. Hope they are both facing some very rough turbulence ahead. They have earned it.

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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 11:53 PM

4. Just found an article relating directly to your post:

By Allison JACKSON (AFP) 11 hours ago in World

Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday unexpectedly avoided debating a request for the early release of leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as social media fury intensified over leaked documents showing a conspiracy to keep him out of the 2018 election race.

The court had placed this issue on its docket, but after four hours the five judges retired without addressing it.

Explosive reports published by The Intercept investigative website on Sunday also ignited calls for its American co-founder Glenn Greenwald to be deported from Brazil and for Justice Minister Sergio Moro -- who is at the center of the growing scandal over the Car Wash anticorruption investigation -- to resign, underscoring the country's increasing polarization.

Telegram chats provided to The Intercept show Moro -- the judge who handed Lula his first conviction in 2017, effectively ending both his election hopes and decades of center-left rule in Brazil -- improperly collaborated with Car Wash prosecutors to convict and jail the popular ex-president.


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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

5. Bolsonaro tight-lipped as minister faces calls to resign over Lula scandal

Sérgio Moro had ‘totally inappropriate’ links with prosecutors
Moro jailed Bolsonaro’s top rival, Lula, before Brazil election

Moro has rejected accusations of wrongdoing as “sensationalist” smears and his supporters branded the leaks a criminal conspiracy designed to undermine the former judge and Bolsonaro’s administration.

But on Tuesday – as Brazilian politicians braced for further revelations promised by the Intercept - there were calls for Moro’s removal.

“Moro has to go,” said Guilherme Boulos, a left-wing leader some see as a potential heir to Lula.

“There is now compelling evidence of his involvement in illegal and unethical practices … Moro no longer has the political or moral capacity to run the justice ministry.”


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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 12:04 AM

6. Monday Guardian:Brazil reels at claims judge who jailed Lula collaborated with prosecutors

Leaked cellphone chats published by the Intercept suggest Sérgio Moro, now justice minister, steered case against ex-president

Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

Mon 10 Jun 2019 13.46 EDT

Brazil has been rocked by allegations that a prominent judge repeatedly collaborated with prosecutors during high-profile corruption investigations – including the controversial case that imprisoned former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

According to the Intercept, Sérgio Moro gave prosecutors strategic advice, criticism and tips during the sprawling corruption investigation known as Operation Car Wash that jailed hundreds of executives, politicians and middlemen.

Prosecutors also allegedly discussed strategies to block a newspaper’s attempts to interview Lula during last year’s election campaign, according to the Intercept, which published cellphone chats it said it had received from an anonymous source.

Opinion polls had indicated that Lula was likely to win the 2018 presidential poll until he was imprisoned and forced out of the race. His last-minute replacement, Fernando Haddad was beaten by the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro – who then appointed Moro as justice minister.


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