Lula Defies Car Wash and Says He Will Not "Bargain Freedom"

I will not exchange my dignity for my freedom, the former president said in a letter

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defied the Car Wash Operation (Lava Jato) and released a letter saying that he will not bargain in order to leave the prison in Curitiba.

"I will not trade my dignity for my freedom," wrote the petista. "I will not accept bargaining for my rights and my freedom."

Image of the letter written by ex-presidente Lula - Reprodução/Twitter Lula

Lula released the letter after the Car Wash task force recommended that the federal court grant regime progression (from closed to semi-open) to Lula, arrested since April 2018.

Lula has served a sixth of his sentence in the case of the Guarujá triplex, a requirement to leave the regime closed.

The former president had previously said that he intended to leave prison only after being cleared. He also rejects the possibility of wearing an electronic anklet.

Lula's demonstration occurs on the eve of Supreme Court judgments that may impact his condition.

On Sunday (29), the defense of the petista asked the Supreme Court to urgently dismiss a lawsuit that questioned the partiality of former judge Sergio Moro, current Minister of Justice of the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PSL). If the court finds that there was partiality, the conviction in the case that brought Lula to prison could be reviewed.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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