Lula cleared of lat­est charges

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

For­mer Brazil­ian pres­i­dent Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Silva has been found not guilty of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice.

He is al­ready serv­ing a sen­tence on other cor­rup­tion charges and faces still more.

Judge Ri­cardo Au­gusto Soares Leite ruled there is in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to con­vict da Silva and oth­ers of at­tempt­ing to in­ter­fere with a cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing state-run oil com­pany Petro­bras.

He and oth­ers were ac­cused of try­ing to buy a for­mer Petro­bras ex­ec­u­tive’s si­lence.

Da Silva was con­victed last year of trad­ing favours with a con­struc­tion com­pany in ex­change for a beach­front apart­ment.

„ Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Silva.

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