Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is determined to take advantage of the disclosure of compromising chats that call into question the investigation for which he was convicted. The former president of Brazil sent a letter to his former foreign minister, Celso Amorim, on Monday, aimed at public opinion, accusing the exjuez and current Minister of Justice and Security, Sérgio Moro, to make the decision to sentence him before receiving the complaint of corruption.
"You just have to analyze the process with impartiality to realize that Moro was determined to condemn me even before receiving the complaint from the prosecution. He ordered to invade my house and take me by force to declare without having mentioned me. He ordered me to intervene my phones, those of my wife, those of my children and even those of my lawyers, something very serious in a democracy, "Lula denounces in the letter.
The message from the leader of the Workers' Party (PT), which is serving a sentence of 8 years and 10 months in prison in Curitiba, was released shortly before the Supreme Court decided on Monday to postpone the study of the habeas appeal to August. corpus presented by their lawyers to achieve the release that should be dealt with this Tuesday by the highest judicial body of Brazil.
"My lawyers filed an appeal with the Supreme Court so that I can finally have a fair process and trial, which I never had in the hands of Sérgio Moro," adds Lula in his letter, where he tries to eradicate the hoax that has spread among the Brazilian public opinion that a hypothetical annulment of the process against the exmandatario would suppose also to annul all the cases investigated by the ex-magistrate, who was in charge of the macrocause of corruption in Petrobras -also known as Lava Jato case (carwash) – until in January he took over as the minister of the far right president Jair Bolsonaro. "There are those who say that by nullifying my process they will annul all Lava Jato decisions, which is a big lie because for justice, each case is a case," said Lula.
Moro condemned Lula in 2017 for receiving an apartment on the Guarulha beach in São Paulo as a bribe from the OAS construction company in exchange for obtaining contracts with the state oil company. However, the ex-magistrate remained in the eye of the hurricane two weeks ago when The Intercept portal began to publish Telegram chats in which Moro and the chief prosecutor of the Petrobras case, Deltan Dallagnol, informally exchanged information about the investigation – something forbidden by the justice – besides revealing conversations between the different members of the public ministry that show animosity against the former president.
Last week Moro appeared in the Senate to give explanations and accused "a criminal group" of wanting to "attack the fight against corruption in Brazil." The minister did not recognize the "authenticity" of the chats and denounced the fact that phones were hacked to steal private conversations. Since the scandal broke, Moro's requests for resignation have increased, although it has been publicly endorsed by Bolsonaro, at least for the duration of the open investigations as a result of the revelation of the messages, which The Intercept continues to filter with dropper.