BRASILIA.- So far prevented from taken the role of minister of the Dilma Rousseff cabinet due to a judicial decision, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva demanded justice for all Brazilians and full respect for democracy.

“Justice and nothing else but justice is what I want for me and all Brazilians alike,” said the Chief Minister of the Brazilian presidency in an open letter made public shortly after a federal judge in the capital ruled that Lula’s swearing-in ceremony had been temporarily suspended.

BRASILIA.- So far prevented from taken the role of minister of the Dilma Rousseff cabinet due to a judicial decision, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva demanded justice for all Brazilians and full respect for democracy.Lula said in his letter that the sad and shameful episodes of the past few weeks have not made him loose faith in the Judicial Power.

The former president was thus alluding to his recently forced detention to make him give evidence as part of investigations for what is known as the Lava Jato Operation, and the later leak of wiretaps disclosed by federal judge Sergio Moro.

These are acts of unjustified violence against him and his family; an extreme situation that deprived him of his basic rights, Lula stressed.

The leak of personal conversations, one of which even involved Rousseff, took place only a few hours after the head of State announced that the founder of the Workers’ Party would join his cabinet.

When welcoming the four new ministers, the president strongly criticized the stance of Moro, who supervises the course of the Lava Jato operation from Curitiba.

Throwing the Brazilian society into confusion with false information, dark methods and questionable practices violates the basic rights of the Brazilian people which creates a very serious precedent. This is how Coup d’états begin, Rousseff sustained.

In an article published by Sao Paulo’s Folha daily, the university professor and columnist Vladimir Safatle said that judge Moro is now indefensible and his latest actions are simply an insult to any democratic principles.

The disclosure of Lula’s conversations with his lawyers is a violation of the right to privacy and is considered a crime in any part of the world. Nothing can justify inviolability or disrespecting the client-lawyer communication, he stressed.

Even more absurd is having disclosed a wiretapped conversation that involved the president of the Republic with the only objective being to worsen the political crisis affecting the country, the professor noted.

“I do not want to live in a country where a judge feels that he has the authority to disrespect citizens’ rights, encouraged by a circus of papers and magazines that supported the dictatorship until the very end and by television channels that paid fictitious wages to exlovers of presidents to protect them from scandals”, Safatle concluded.

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