The judge considered that Lula benefited from works worth some 273,000 dollars that three companies did in a country house in the municipality of Atibaia, in Sao Paulo.
The house belonged to the entrepreneur Fernando Bittar, a friend of the former leader who gave it to Lula in 2010 for the enjoyment of his family.
Although that fact was verified, the judge claimed that the former president benefited illegally from the repair works on the building by the companies Odebrecht, OAS and Schain.
An investigation into Odebrecht’s tip payment system, which was submitted by Lula’s defense lawyers to Moro, demolished the accusation that the contractor had granted any amount of money to the former union leader to reform the house. The defendant denies having committed any irregularities.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Lula was accused of ten crimes of passive corruption. ‘Some items of the sentence mentioned the practice of the crime of active corruption by Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.’