Brasilia.- "Lula's persecution does not stop. In the memory of the people and history, Lula will always be greater than his executioners," PT national president, federal legislator Gleisi Hoffmann, said.
Federal judge Gabriela Hardt sentenced the former statesman to a 12-year, and 11 -month prison term. Lula is already serving sentence for other reasons, considering that he benefited from the repairs in a country house in Atibaia, Sao Paulo.
Hardt accepted the argument by the Federal Public Ministry that the former metallurgist leader consciously participated in a criminal scheme of money laundering and corruption involving the state-owned company Petrobras and contractors.
The former president is accused, even, of knowing that Petrobras directors used their positions to receive an undue advantage in favor of agents and political parties.
In this regard, PT legislator Paulo Pimenta says "this is an illegal sentence, which contradicts the jurisprudence of Brazilian law, because it is not based on evidence."
Lula's defense team announced that it will appeal in courts and described the sentence as an absurdity and a political persecution against the former workers' leader. (PL)