In the testimony given by Marcelo Odebrecht today (09/04), the fact that there is no correlation between the matters discussed in Case No. 50631301172016404-70000 and Petrobras stands out, so does the fact that the former executive did not discuss any expenses with former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Marcelo, who is an informant, vehemently denied any participation regarding the 8 contracts mentioned in the complaint also denying to have discussed any expenses concerning these contracts in Lula’s favor.

With this testimony, Marcelo debunks the charges brought by the Federal Attorney’s Office. In this proceeding Lula has been charged with, according to the prosecution, allegedly receiving two real estate properties in exchange for answering a request from Marcelo Odebrecht concerning these 8 contracts signed by Petrobras.

Paulo Melo’s testimony exposed the flimsiness in Marcelo Odebrecht’s assertions regarding Lula and Lula Institute.

The truth is that Lula has never received the ownership or possession of any of the properties mentioned by the Federal Attorney’s Office, much less in return for any performance with respect to contracts signed by Petrobras.

Once again we pointed out at the beginning of the hearing that former President Lula has been denied a fair opportunity to be heard. The Federal Attorney’s Office has had access to documents which Lula’s defense has been denied access to. That is why today we filed for a writ of habeas corpus with the Regional Federal Appellate Court of the 4th Region in order to reverse this unlawfulness.

Cristiano Zanin Martins