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Former President Lula Says He Will "Survive" the Investigations

10/30/2015 - 09h16

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MARINA DIAS
DÉBORA ÁLVARES
FROM BRASÍLIA

The target of investigations that even involve his youngest son, ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said on Thursday (29) that he "will survive" what he calls "three years of beatings", in an indirect reference to his potential candidacy for president of Brazil in 2018.

"No one needs to feel pity. Life taught me how to confront adversity. And, you can be certain, I will survive", Lula said in a speech over one hour long at the PT (Workers' Party) summit in Brasília.

On Monday (26), the Federal Police executed a search warrant for the offices that host LFT Marketing Esportivo and Touchdown Sporting Event Promotions, companies belonging to Luis Cláudio Lula da Silva, the ex-president's son.

The search was led by Operation Zelotes, which is investigating a scheme involving bribe payments to tax officials by a group of companies.

Faced with the investigations, Lula mocked the actions of the Federal Police, federal prosecutors and the delation of Fernando Baiano, who said that the ex-president's daughter-in-law receive bribe money as part of the Petrobras corruption scheme.

"It's all very uncertain. Accusations against the speaker of the lower house of congress, accusations against the Senate president, accusation against Lula's son, accusation against Lula. I have three other children who weren't accused, seven grandchildren and a pregnant daughter-in-law. Damn, will it ever end? And they created a wretched problem for me. They said that one daughter-in-law received US$520,000. Now they're going to ask who in the family is rich. Before you know it, one daughter-in-law is suing the other", he declared over the laughter of the audience composed of Workers' Party leaders.

Translated by SUGHEY RAMIREZ

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Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a meeting with members of his Workers' Party
Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a meeting with members of his Workers' Party

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