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    Lula is one of the lead figures against the coup-government of Michel Temer. | Photo: Agency Brazil

Lula has denied any wrongdoing and has previously said that his persecution is driven by political interests who want to destroy his candidacy for the election in 2018.

Every witness called on Friday by the prosecution in the case of alleged corruption against former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva denied any irregularities. 

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Judge Sergio Moro has accused Lula twice of being the mastermind behind the largest corruption scheme in the country's history, involving the state-run Petrobras oil company.

"Prosecutors in the Car Wash investigation claim to have knowledge that Lula received bribes from a contractor for facilitating fraud in contracts in Petrobras, but none of the witnesses called by prosecutors themselves confirmed this thesis," said a spokesperson of former President Lula.

Among the witnesses called today were former senators and businessmen in Brazil, who said they did not have any meetings or conversations with Lula over fraudulent processes and some of them flat out said they had nothing to say on the subject.

Even though Lula da Silva had been cleared of all charges, judicial authorities continue to attack the leftist politician and allege the former president directly benefited from an apartment in Guaruja and a farm in Atibaia, both in the state of Sao Paulo.  

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Lula has denied any wrongdoing and has previously said that his persecution is driven by political interests who want to destroy his candidacy for the election in 2018, as he has one of the highest approval ratings in the country.

Last September, Judge Moro ruled that Lula should face trial for corruption and money laundering charges, even though he had dropped all charges during the investigation. Moro also released a report clearing Lula da Silva of any charges in the corruption scheme and acknowledged that Lula didn’t buy properties with money allegedly obtained through illegal contracts.

Even the United Nations Human Rights Committee accepted the request by Lula's attorneys that Judge Moro had "violated Lula's right to privacy, his right not to be detained arbitrarily and his presumption of innocence."

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