Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Brazil's ex-President Lula in court over corruption

President or prisoner? Many Brazilians think one of those two roads lies ahead for former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is due in court on Wednesday on corruption charges.

Lula is facing five charges related to the Car Wash scandal, a three-year investigation that has embroiled more than 100 politicians.

If convicted, he could face jail. If he gets off, he could return to the presidency in the 2018 elections.

He denies any wrongdoing.

Lula will give his testimony at a court in the southern city of Curitiba, where hundreds of his red-shirted supporters have been gathering to protest.
His critics are also watching closely, although the case's judge posted a Facebook video to discourage anti-corruption demonstrators from also descending on the city for a rival march.

His lawyers have made various failed attempts to delay his court appearance.

BBC    News.