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Majority of Brazilians Consider Former President Lula Da Silva Guilty of Corruption

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Fifty-seven percent of Brazilians consider former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva guilty for the corruption crimes of which he was accused and 51% consider that the decision of a Supreme Court magistrate who annulled his convictions was wrong, according to a poll released on Monday.

A survey by the Datafolha Institute, published Monday by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, also determined that 38 % of Brazilians consider the conviction unfair and another 5 % abstained from giving their opinion.

In April 2018, when Lula was imprisoned, a survey conducted by the same demoscopic center pointed to similar results, with 54 % in favor of the conviction, 40 % against and 6 % unaware of the decision of then judge and former Justice Minister of the current government Sergio Moro.

The poll now also indicated that another 51 % of Brazilians do not want Lula as a candidate in the 2022 presidential elections, in which his main political adversary, the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, appears as a favorite for re-election to a second term.

Lula recovered his political rights after Judge Edson Fachin of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) annulled the convictions against him for alleged corruption, considering that the Justice in the city of Curitiba (south) had no jurisdiction over such actions.

However, Fachin’s decision must be ratified by the plenary of the Court, which will decide whether to restart from scratch the process, derived from the anti-corruption operation Lava Jato, but already processed before a court in the capital Brasilia and not in Curitiba.

The former president had already been sentenced to sentences totaling nearly 26 years in prison for alleged corruption and, for these convictions, he spent 580 days in jail in Curitiba, although he was later released due to a change in the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court.

The survey, conducted between March 15 and 16, interviewed 2,023 people nationwide, with a margin of error of two percentage points.

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