Brazilian prosecutor investigates defamatory actions against Lula | News


The Public Ministry of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, located in the central west of the country, decided to open an investigation into alleged crimes of defamation, insult, threat and criminal association to the detriment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.


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Sources from the Workers’ Party (PT), led by Lula da Silva, affirmed that the transgressions were committed by state deputy Gilberto Cattani and other people through a billboard installed in the city of Rondonópolis.

The banner was designed with the help of the so-called Conservative Movement of Rondonópolis and the inauguration of the poster was carried out with the presence of Cattani, who also shared it on his social networks.

The state Public Ministry made this decision after a request to install an investigation presented by the PT and handed over to the Civil Police of the territorial division.

“It is observed, therefore, that the table exposed here reveals a possible practice not only of the crime of association but also of insult and defamation by the state deputy Gilberto Cattani and others”, indicates the text of the decision of the prosecution.

The request cites the installation of the billboard on the banks of the BR-364 highway, in Rondonópolis, which contains the photo of the former worker leader with offensive words.

According to the lawsuit, the honor of the former head of state is being denigrated “at the national and even international level.”

The lawyers Cristiano Zanin and Eugênio Aragão, who represent the political organization, consider that the order to investigate is important to deal with the abuses committed even before the electoral campaign, scheduled for August.

The jurists will wait for the final decision of the Prosecutor’s Office, but they will understand that the establishment of the investigation is an extremely relevant measure to investigate the possible crimes committed against Lula.

Recently, the PT filed three actions before the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) against a new defamation campaign against the former president. In this case, it was also about offensive and slanderous billboards that violate the laws established by the TSE, by which banner advertising is prohibited in pre-campaign and in electoral campaign.

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