Brazilian senators and even former Uruguayan president José Pepe Mujica aren’t being allowed to visit Lula in prison.
A group of Brazilian senators, most of whom are part of the Human Rights Commission within the legislative say that authorities aren’t allowing them to visit Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva even though he’s still waiting for a decision by the Brazilian Supreme Court over the constitutionality of his 10-day old imprisonment in Curitiba.
Lula’s lawyers say he still has judicial appeals available to overturn the 12-year sentence for corruption handed down to the former president by Brazil's Fourth Regional Federal Court April 5. The presidential candidate has found himself in a Curitiba jail cell since April 8 after being denied a writ of habeas corpus by a federal court in which he sought to revoke his arrest warrant decreed by judge Sergio Moro in charge of the Car Wash scandal.
During a press conference, senator and Workers’ Party president, Gleisi Hoffmann says this is a flagrant violation of Lula’s human rights who is being denied visitors, including Mujica and 1980 Nobel Prize winner, Adolfo Perez Esquivel.
Senator João Capiberibe says the group is filing a report showing how authorities are violating the Law of Crime Convictions that says that prisoners have the right to have visitors.
"Look, this photo of the #LulaLivre (FreeLula) campaign in Curitiba shows 11 senators from the human rights commission trying to visit former president Lula and show a new territory of resistance," said Capiberibe.
"Is he a political prisoner, or what? This man has 30-35 percent of the electoral vote in the polls. This is an incredibly rare case in the history of Brazil. Our visit today was organized by the Senate's human rights commission, but they won’t let us in because this is a political visit - and Lula is a political prisoner," added Capiberibe.
The senators were accompanied by the Superintendent of the Curitiba Federal Police who says Lula is being held in a cell without bars and with a private bathroom.
"This was an impressive and gratifying visit because of the peace that the president shows. (He) shows concern for the Brazilian people, the institutions and the liberty of all, no for himself," said PT senator on hand, Paulo Paim.
Speaking to his lawyers from his cell yesterday, Lula told his supporters: “I'm certain that it won't be long before justice will be worth its name. That is, whoever committed crimes will be punished. And those who did not will be absolved. I continue to challenge the Federal Police involved in the Car Wash (investigations), the Public Prosecution involved in the Car Wash (investigations), (judge Sergio) Moro and those involved in my second conviction to prove the crime that they allege that I committed."