It is a real political earthquake that triggered, in Brazil, by the disclosure of a telephone conversation between Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and President Dilma Rousseff: an interview legally registered, just hours before Lula’s appointment as Minister of the Presidency, and which suggests that the president has appointed his mentor precisely to prevent the arrest.
The Brazilian federal judge Itagiba Catta Preta Neto, of the Federal District, has issued an interim judgment suspending the appointment. The government of President Dilma Rousseff may appeal against the decision. According to the judge, the oath of Lula, occurred yesterday morning in Brasilia, presents evidence of ‘irregularities’ and may represent an “undue intervention in the activities of the police, the prosecutors and the judiciary.” In the same interim measure, Catta Preta has ordered that the President Rousseff has intimated to ‘”immediate execution” of his decision. “We were expecting something like this, the government will immediately appeal,” announced the former minister Gilberto Carvalho.
Entering the Lula government would have special immunity. In the meantime the protests have been let loose throughout Brazil.