Former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos will be heard by Brazilian justice, at the request of Lula da Silva’s defense, to prove his innocence in a case about trafficking in influences.
The information was confirmed to Lusa by the law firm that defends Lula da Silva, who explained that a letter rogatory was sent to Angola, through diplomatic channels, with questions addressed to José Eduardo dos Santos.
At issue is an accusation that Lula interfered with the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) to grant a credit line to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, for the export of services to Angola, at the time that José Eduardo dos Santos ruled the country.
According to the prosecution, this concession would have led Odebrecht to make donations to the Workers’ Party (PT).
“The defense of ex-president Lula, through lawyer Cristiano Zanin, presented some questions to ex-president José Eduardo Santos. The questions seek to reinforce the frivolous nature of the accusations made against Lula da Silva by Operation Lava Jato, ”said the law firm.
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