Lula Tells His Wife in the Coffin: “They Have to Prove the Lies They Told”

    Brazil’s former President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Saturday that his wife, Marisa Letícia Rocco, who died on Thursday, “died sad” as victim of “scoundrels” who launched a smear campaign of corruption accusations against the couple.

    “Marisa died sad because of the nasty remarks, the idiocy and the wickedness that they inflicted on her,” Lula said as he stood in front of her coffin, which was draped with a Brazilian flag and a red flag of the left-wing Workers’ Party.

    “This man who’s saying goodbye to you is not afraid to be arrested, because I must not prove my innocence. They have to prove the lies they told.”

    Lula did not mention any names, but local press said his statements were sent to Judge Sergio Moro, who is responsible for most of the cases in which he and Marisa are being investigated.

    Investigators accuse Lula and his wife of owning a beachside apartment acquired through alleged involvement in a kickback and money laundering scheme.

    The couple denied all allegations of corruption and money laundering, and the former president has challenged prosecutors to produce evidence in the case.

    Lula also has confronted other allegations linked to the massive embezzlement scheme at state-run Petrobras oil company, also known as the “Car Wash” scandal.

    In December, federal prosecutors accused him of taking bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht — embroiled in the Car Wash scandal and an international bribery network — in the form of an apartment as well as land on which to build his Lula Institute think tank in São Paulo.

    But the former president’s lawyers have vehemently denied the allegations, describing the prosecutors’ accusations as “blabber” without any proof.

    The Workers’ Party founder is already facing previous charges of corruption and money laundering, and he is also on trial for “obstruction of justice.” However, none of the accusations have been proven.

    Lula’s supporters claim that he and his family have been victims of a “smear campaign” orchestrated by the administration that now governs the country.

    Marisa was first lady from 2003 to 2011 and a veteran labor activist like her husband. She was pronounced brain dead Thursday at the wage of 66 at a hospital in São Paulo, where she had been treated in intensive care since January 24 with a brain hemorrhage due to a ruptured brain aneurysm.

    Lula received condolences from hundreds of Brazilian politicians and citizens for his loss. President Michel Temer, who aided and benefited from a parliamentary coup against Lula’s ally and successor in the presidency, Dilma Rousseff, also showed up to hug the former president.

    teleSUR

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (1)

    • cris

      hahahaha. Lula?

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    Act in solidarity with Car Wash operation in Brasília - Marcello Casal Jr/Ag. Brasil

    Brazil Is No More the Poster Child for Fighting Hunger and Poverty

    Tape recordings of Brazilian President Michel Temer and Senator Aécio Neves allegedly encouraging the ...

    Brazilian Army sent to protect the presidential palace in Brasília - Valter Campanato/ABr

    Army Takes Over Brazil’s Capital After Protesters Invade and Break Government Buildings

    The Brazilian Army took over positions close to the presidential palace and ministry buildings ...

    Brazil’s Lula Promises No Stone Unturned in Corruption Probe

    Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva promised Monday that in the fight against ...

    Altair Guimarães in Vila Autódromo, Rio - TRF/Nicky Milne

    This Man Was Evicted, Re-evicted, Evicted Again, So Rio Could Grow

    “I would come back to live here if I could,” said Altair Guimarães, plucking ...

    Celebrating the Olympics in Rio

    Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Won’t See Brazil’s President. He Fears the Boos

    Brazil president Michel Temer’s press office informed that he will not attend the closing ...

    Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva making a speech -

    In Court, Lula Claims Innocence and Talks About a 3-year Massacre to Destroy Him

    Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has appeared in court to deny ...

    In Response to Sexism and Racism, Over 1000 Black Women Run for Office in Brazil

    Motivated in part by President Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about women and the numerous ...