Brazil's jailed Lula authorised to attend grandson's funeral

2019-03-02 11:55
Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with his grandosn Arthur Araujo Lula da Silva. (Supplied,Twitter)

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with his grandosn Arthur Araujo Lula da Silva. (Supplied,Twitter)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been authorised to leave prison and attend the funeral of his 7-year-old grandson who died of meningitis, authorities said on Friday.

The federal court of Parana state said that Judge Carolina Lebbos authorised Da Silva, who is jailed in state capital of Curitiba, to travel 400km to Santo Andre, the city on the outskirts of Sao Paulo where Arthur Araujo Lula da Silva died at Rede D'Or Sao Luiz hospital.

Arthur is the child of Sandro Luis Lula da Silva, one of the sons of the former president. Da Silva's spokesperson, Jose Chrispiniano, told The Associated Press he does not know where and when Arthur's funeral will take place.

On Friday, social media was filled with messages in support of the former president, who governed Brazil from 2003 to 2010, even from adversaries. But lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, said on Twitter that da Silva should not be allowed to attend the funeral.

"Lula is just an inmate and he should be at a common prison. When the relatives of other inmates die will they also be escorted by the federal police for the funeral?" Eduardo Bolsonaro said. "It is absurd to even contemplate that. It only lets him pose as a poor thing."

Brazil's president did not comment.

Rejected to attend brother's funeral

Most inmates are granted permission to travel to the funerals of close relatives in accordance with Brazilian legislation.

But judge Lebbos' latest decision was a turnaround from her earlier ruling on January 29 which denied Da Silva the ability to attend the funeral of his elder brother Genival Inacio da Silva.

In that instance, Lebbos decided to ask Brazil's federal police and the federal prosecutor's office in Curitiba whether Da Silva should be allowed to travel.

Brazil's federal police argued there would be security concerns if the former president left the city of Curitiba to attend ceremonies in Sao Paulo. Investigators of the sprawling Car Wash corruption investigation, which is responsible for Da Silva's imprisonment, agreed with the federal police.

Judge Lebbos then ruled against authorising Da Silva to leave jail.

Lebbo's decision was upheld by a higher judge. Da Silva's lawyers then appealed to Brazil's Supreme Court. Chief Justice Jose Dias Toffoli issued another decision allowing the former president to meet with his relatives, but Da Silva said he preferred not to go as his brother's body had already been buried.

But this time both federal police and the federal prosecutor's office in Curitiba agreed da Silva should be allowed to travel, without giving any details on what changed their perception.

The 73-year old claims he is being politically persecuted. He has been jailed since April 7.

Read more on:    luiz inacio lula da silva  |  brazil
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.