Brazil: Lula and Rousseff remain defiant at meeting with supporters

Former Brazilian presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff spoke to an audience of supporters at the University of Rio de Janeiro law faculty on Saturday, where they made the case for Lula's innocence. The Workers' Party politician said he was certain that judge Moro was «not more honest than me. None of them are more honest than me. I don't have to prove my innocence; they are... Еще the ones who have to prove if I’m guilty.» Rousseff echoed Silva's words stating «he is innocent; there is no proof against him and there is no basis to justify this judgement.» Silva was sentenced to nine years and six months in prison by Brazilian Federal Judge Sergio Moro July 12 for taking part in a purported corruption scheme and partaking in alleged money-laundering. He denies all charges and remains free pending appeal.

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