Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva acquitted in corruption trial

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According to Brazilian media, the 10th District Federal Court ruled that Lula da Silva and Gilberto Carvalho, who was chief of staff during his presidency, were innocent in the case where he was accused of accepting bribes .

In the case where Lula da Silva, Carvalho and 5 others were indicted, the court acquitted the defendants on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence that they had received bribes.

The case, known as “Operation Zelotes”, began in 2017, accusing Lula da Silva of accepting bribes of 6 million Brazilian reals (approximately $ 1.2 million) for backing the Labor Party election campaign he led in return for an extension of tax breaks for companies in the auto sector.


On April 15, 2021, the Supreme Court of Brazil ruled that the 13th Federal Court of Curitiba, which tried and found Lula da Silva guilty of corruption and money laundering cases, was “incompetent”. The Supreme Court has decided to reopen the investigations by quashing the provisions against the former head of state.

The decision to re-investigate allegations regarding the cases of Lula da Silva, who has been tried in 4 corruption cases to date and sentenced to 29 years in two of them, paved the way for his candidacy for the election from 2022.

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Lula da Silva, from the left, who was president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010, was convicted of accepting bribes and money laundering and was arrested in April 2018.

Lula da Silva, who denied the allegations against him and claimed that the charges were made to prevent him from participating in the 2018 elections, surrendered on April 7, 2018 and was released on November 8, 2019 after passing through 580 days in prison.

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