Brazil in Fright as Moro’s Untouchables Close In on Iconic Lula

Brazil’s former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the second congress of the IndustriALL Global Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. IndustriALL Global Union represents workers in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors in 140 countries around the world. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva left office in 2010 so beloved — U.S. President Barack Obama called him “the man” — and with approval ratings so historically high that the trappings of tributes filled 10 shipping containers.

There was wine from French ex-heads of state Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, an oxcart from a popular music group, and a crèche his wife Marisa would place in the presidential palace’s front yard. It would all have to go, eventually, involving more than a million reais ($308,000) in shipping and storage costs, and it was the question, among many others, of who paid those costs and why that landed the man known as Lula before his interrogators.

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