Lula: Judge stopped me from win­ning elec­tion

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS -

Brazil’s former pres­i­dent, Luiz Iná­cio Lula da Silva, says he was jailed to pre­vent him from win­ning the 2018 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion which saw far-right can­di­date Jair Bol­sonaro elected.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the BBC via let­ters from his cell, Lula said Judge Ser­gio Moro “did pol­i­tics and not jus­tice” when he sen­tenced him.

Mr Moro says the ver­dict was up­held by an ap­peals court and was not “a one­man de­ci­sion”. Lula is serv­ing a 12-year sen­tence. A month be­fore the elec­tion, a court banned Lula from run­ning on the grounds that he had been sen­tenced, and had been up­held on ap­peal.

At the time, Lula had a 20-per­cent­age­point lead over his clos­est ri­val, Jair Bol­sonaro, in opin­ion polls.

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