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Parliamentary questions
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8 April 2019
Question for written answer P-001703-19
to the Council
Rule 130
Emmanuel Maurel (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Council position on the imprisonment of former President of Brazil, Mr Lula da Silva
 Answer in writing 

Just one year ago, the former President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, was imprisoned after one of the most controversial trials in modern times. There is no longer any doubt that his imprisonment was primarily a political strategy to remove him from power.

Do we therefore need to remind ourselves that no tangible proof has been presented by the prosecution to support the convictions in the first and second instance for which he is now in prison? The facts put forward by the judiciary were actually based on confessions by other suspects which were not verified (but were rewarded). The new Justice Minister is none other than former judge Sérgio Moro, who sentenced Lula and was promoted by Jair Bolsonaro, in spite of his claims that he had no experience of politics.

Countless voices have been raised on both left and right to speak out against this injustice, including six former heads of state of France, Italy, Spain and Belgium, 29 MEPs, a former President of the European Parliament and a host of international lawyers.

This is why I am asking you today: what is the Council’s position? It has remained silent throughout this whole business.

Original language of question: FR 
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