Ex-Brazil president not guilty in obstruction of justice case

An oil drilling platform floats in Guanabara Bay near Niteroi, Brazil. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg
An oil drilling platform floats in Guanabara Bay near Niteroi, Brazil. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been found not guilty of obstruction of justice.

He is already serving a sentence on other corruption charges and faces still more.

Judge Ricardo Augusto Soares Leite ruled there is insufficient evidence to convict da Silva and others of attempting to interfere with a corruption investigation involving state-run oil company Petrobras.

He and others were accused of trying to buy a former Petrobras executive’s silence.

Da Silva was convicted last year of trading favours with a construction company also involved in the scandal in exchange for the promise of a beachfront apartment.

Both cases are part of the Car Wash investigation in which prosecutors allege politicians granted favours and state contracts to companies for bribes and campaign contributions.

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