The decision was made on Monday by Judge Socrates Liao Vieira, of the First Federal Court of São Bernardo do Campo, who filed an investigation accusing Lula of failing to pay taxes arising from reforms carried out on the farm in Atibaia and in the Guarujá trio, both in São Paulo.
The former president has always denied being the owner of these properties.
Lula’s attorney, Cristiano Zanin, argued that the basis for the investigation was material from Lava Jato in Curitiba that the Supreme Court had already declared invalid.
The Federal Public Ministry accepted Lula da Silva’s defense thesis and requested that the investigation be closed, a request which the judge has now accepted.
On social networks, the historical leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) shared a photo with the words “He could only owe taxes on property not owned by him” and wrote: “The truth will triumph.”
So far, Lula da Silva has racked up 21 judicial victories since 2016.
The back-to-back applications also paved the way for a possible nomination of President Lula da Silva in 2022, with polls placing him as the frontrunner, ahead of incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, his biggest political opponent.
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