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Lula Victim of Another Dictatorial Measure, says Analyst

Brasilia,  (Prensa Latina) The retention of the passport o former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is a typically dictatorial measure which does not find reason in the Brazilian Constitution, sustained columnist Alex Solznik.
Preventing Lula from leaving the country and confining him to Sao Bernardo do Campo (Sao Paulo, where he lives) takes one to what the military dictatorship did with ex-president Janio Quadros, confined ion Corumba, Mato Grosso do Sul, stressed the journalist in a comment published in digital daily Brasil 247.

In the opinion of Solnik, the ratification of the sentence against the founder of the Workers' Party (PT) by an appeals court in Porto Alegre, this resolved to escalate the adjudication 'opened the hunting season' against Lula.

First -he enumerated- they ask or his passport and confine him. After, they want preventive prison. Judges discuss who will capture him first. 'The dictatorship of the gown is galloping', he concluded.

For his part, the also political analyst Kennedy Alencar agreed on considering 'abusive and wrong' the decision of federal judge Ricardo Leite, who the eve ordered to deprive Lula of his Passport, preventing him from traveling to Ethiopia, where he was invited to speak about the struggle against hunger in an event organized by the African Union.

Only an authoritarian view would see in that trip some risk of an eventual escape, said the political analyst, for whom the episode only serves to reinforce the persecution nature of the actions of prosecutors and judges against the former PT president.

Leite, recalled the federal deputy of the PT Paulo Teixeira, faced a demand to separate him from his post, for being tolerant with enterprises involved in the operation Zelotes, which investigated a scandal of tax evasion for alleged irregularities in the Administrative Council of Fiscal Resources (CARF).

The same judge not only desestimated the demands of temporary prison to 26 suspects, but also he did not authorize to continue monitoring phone calls and e-mails of those involved in the case.

Lula should have traveled to Ethiopia this morning, but was forced to suspend the trip due to the judicial decision. According to his defense lawyer, Cristiano Zanin Martins, the former President is serene, although understandably indignated for the undue restriction of his rights, he said.


  • Countries: Latin America

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