Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wrote in a letter that he will only leave his current situation of incarceration if his full innocence is recognized. This declaration came after the Operation Car Wash prosecutors filed a petition with the substitute judge of the 12th federal district, Carolina Lebbos, to change the conditions of incarceration for Lula from closed to semi-open. The letter was given from Lula to his lawyers this Monday, September 30, after a visit.
By law, Lula should already have the right to change the conditions of his incarceration, but he has refused the request presented by the prosecutors that conspired to have him imprisoned because he understands that this would harm his dignity; Lula was convicted without evidence and demands that he should be considered innocent to leave prison.
“I want you to know that I won’t accept bargaining with my rights and my freedom,” affirmed Lula in a letter presented by his lawyers after they visited him this afternoon at the jail in the Federal Police Headquarters in Curitiba.
According to the ex-president the prosecutors should be worried about “apologizing to the Brazilian people, to the millions of unemployed people, and my family, for the harm they have done to democracy, to the system of justice, and to the country.”
Outside the Federal Police headquarters, lawyer Cristiano Zanin explained to journalists and activists at the Free Lula vigil that Lula “does not recognize the legitimacy of the process that has put him in prison,” and as such he rejects the change in the conditions of his incarceration.
“The moment that he does not recognize the legitimacy, he is not obliged to accept any condition of the State,” says Zanin.
Several journalists asked what would happen if the Justice decides to send Lula to a semi-open prison anyways. The lawyer reiterated that it would be necessary to respect the will of the ex-president as it does not represent a non-compliance to the legal system.
What Lula wants, according to Zanin, is for Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) to analyze the resources questioning the illegalities of the process that brought him to prison, bringing the annulment of the sentence and the full liberty of the president.