‘Acquitted’ by Bonner, Lula was not acquitted by Justice

President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) mocked the statement by former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) according to which the PT would have been acquitted of his processes for passive corruption and money laundering. “He only left for William Bonner”, said the Chief Executive, on Friday 28, in a debate promoted by TV Globo.

“He will repeat here that you were acquitted,” Bolsonaro said, referring to the presenter of the National Journal. “I think Bonner will be nominated for a possible, hypothetical, impossible government of his to be minister of STF. You were ‘uncondemned’, Lula, by a friend of the STF. He thought you should be tried in Brasília, not Curitiba. You are a thief, Lula.”

In an interview held on Aug., Bonner “absolved” Lula. “You don’t owe anything to justice,” said the journalist at the time. One month later, at a rally in the court of Portela, in Rio de Janeiro, PT thanked the kindness. “I thought it was honorable for William Bonner, on the day I went to the Globo interview, to say: ‘President, you no longer owe the justice of this country’. They owe it to me. At some point, the state will have to return and pay me for the damage they caused in my life.”

Between 2017 and 2019, PT was convicted in three instances of money laundering and passive corruption. He was tried by nine judges. In 2021, he had the sentences annulled by Minister Luiz Edson Fachin, of the STF, due to a “procedural error due to lack of jurisdiction”.

However, Lula was not acquitted by the courts. In January of this year, the 12th Federal Criminal Court of the Federal District closed the lawsuits against Lula, due to the extinction of punishment by prescription.

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