Defense Lawyers Asks Supreme Court to Free Lula

Lawyers claim that prosecutors had hate during proceedings and that they mocked the ex-president at the funeral for his wife and grandson

Mônica Bergamo

The lawyers of former President Lula reiterated a request for the Supreme Court to release Lula from prison on Tuesday (27). The case is with Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin.

The defenders attached to the request a report published on Tuesday by UOL, in partnership with the website The Intercept Brazil, that shows prosecutors of the Car Wash Operation mocking the death of former first lady Marisa Letícia. They mocked the former president's behavior, both at her wake and at her grandson's funeral.

"These messages show, in fact, that the work of the prosecutors in the Republic in question has always been guided by hatred and a personal disregard for the patient and his family,"  lawyer Cristiano Zanin said.

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Former president Lula. (Foto: Marlene Bergamo/Folhapress) - Folhapress

Such hatred makes investigators "absolutely unable to fulfill their duties of impartiality, impersonality, and exemption guaranteed by national and international law," Zanin added.

In one of the messages, attorney Laura Tessler says after Marisa's death: "Whoever is going to hold Lula's next hearing, it is good to go with an extra dose of patience for the victimization session."

Attorney Jerusa Viecili says, "Do you want me to stay for the funeral?"

They also comment on Lula's farewell speech at Marisa's wake, in which he says he hopes that the "thugs who did this to her [Marisa] will one day have the humility to apologize."

"Total nonsense .... nobody listens to this guy anymore," Deltan Dallagnol said.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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