Fortunes reverse for ex-judge and Brazil president he jailed

Oct 1, 2022, 11:43 AM | Updated: 8:52 pm
FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing ...

FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — When federal judge Sergio Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office.

But on the eve of Brazil’s general election Sunday, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. And the leftist leader he jailed, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, wasn’t just walking free — he was expected to waltz back into the presidential palace.

Their reversal of fortunes underscores Brazilians’ shifting priorities since Moro oversaw a massive graft investigation from Curitiba, the capital of the country’s southern Parana state. Moro and President Jair Bolsonaro insistently point to da Silva’s jail time, though the former president has always maintained his innocence and said he was railroaded. But voters are more focused on bread-and-butter worries — jobs, income, inflation — after eight years of recession or rickety growth, said Bruno Brandão, executive director of anti-corruption organization Transparency International in Brazil.

“In 2018, corruption was without a doubt the most important issue in the electoral process,” said Brandão. “Today, the issue doesn’t have the same prominence among voters’ concerns.”

And Curitiba lost the limelight. Before the so-called Car Wash investigation that landed da Silva and other powerful figures behind bars, the relatively young city largely populated by transplants offered little in the way of identity, according to Nelson Rosário de Souza, a sociologist at the Federal University of Parana. Car Wash put Curitiba on the map. The multiyear probe, and Moro, struck fear into wayward politicians and executives previously thought to be untouchable.

“It shook up the collective imagination, like: ‘We’re finally the center of attention and, apparently, for something positive. We’re going to clean up Brazil,'” said de Souza.

Brazilians relished Car Wash’s countless phases as if they were episodes of a juicy telenovela. Movies were made. Moro’s face featured on magazines and he was feted at Curitiba’s restaurants; people clapped when he entered and sent over champagne. A bona fide hero.

“You drove through Curitiba and five or six of every 10 cars had bumper stickers supporting Car Wash. Very few people in Curitiba dared criticize it,” said Luis Carlos Rocha, da Silva’s lawyer at the time.

After Moro sentenced da Silva to almost 10 years’ imprisonment, Rocha visited him every weekday on the fourth floor of Curitiba’s Federal Police headquarters. For 580 days, he was confined to a 160-square-foot (roughly 15-square-meter) room. Outside, hundreds of supporters held a permanent vigil demanding his release.

Moro’s cheerleaders, meanwhile, set up shop outside his offices. A towering inflatable Superman with Moro’s head joined demonstrators whose T-shirts read “Republic of Curitiba” — a motto adopted from da Silva’s complaint that the city appeared to observe its own laws.

Da Silva’s convictions enabled far-right Bolsonaro to win the 2018 race. In Parana, a traditional bastion for the right, his corruption-fighting pitch resonated and he received twice as many votes as his opponent. Then he named Moro justice minister.

But Moro overestimated how far his anti-corruption clout could carry him, said Emerson Cervi, a political scientist at the Federal University of Parana. Moro quit in 2020 before implementing his much-touted plan, alleging Bolsonaro was seeking to interfere in the Federal Police. And Bolsonaro’s social media warriors trained their fire on the apostate.

“He thought he was going to be revered, as if he were again a judge in court, but other politicians understood he was just a beginner,” Cervi said.

Then the Supreme Court ruled that Moro had been biased against da Silva by colluding with prosecutors to secure a conviction, based on a trove of messages obtained by The Intercept Brasil. Moro pursued a “project of power, which required politically delegitimizing the Workers’ Party and, especially, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva,” Justice Gilmar Mendes said last year.

With his convictions annulled, Da Silva, known universally as Lula, was cleared for a presidential run, and Moro prepared his own. Moro’s was a damp squib, so he put out feelers for a Senate bid in powerful Sao Paulo, which also foundered. He opted to run in his home state — extolling Car Wash’s virtues with an anti-Lula platform — and polls last month showed him trailing well behind.

In a short interview in Curitiba, Moro downplayed lessened concern about corruption as “circumstantial.”

“Corruption will always be an issue in elections, maybe in some moments it won’t be the main issue,” he told The Associated Press. “The entrenched corruption inside Brazilian democracy, inside the public sector, is something that ends up breaking our democracy.”

“Lula is a symbol of impunity,” he added.

Local polls showed some late gains for Moro, said Arilton Freres, director of Curitiba-based Instituto Opinião. That could stem from reanimated sentiment against da Silva, fueled by polls showing he may win outright Sunday, without a runoff against Bolsonaro.

People may also care less about corruption given investigations into Bolsonaro’s family members, he added.

“Voters now think, ‘If I need to vote for someone who is corrupt anyway, then I’m going to focus on what’s affecting me the most, and that’s the economy,'” said Freres.

Curitiba’s largest rally this year was for da Silva. His supporters worried about turnout given pro-Bolsonaro, pro-Moro inclinations, but police estimated that 12,000 people attended. The lively event became a campaign video entitled “Lula in the arms of Curitiba’s people,” with people shown reaching for any part of his body they could grab.

Da Silva, who has cited his jail time to draw comparisons to Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr., told the crowd there had been a bonus: his romance with Parana native Rosângela Silva, nicknamed Janja. He has attributed his first wife’s death in 2017 to pressure from Car Wash.

“There are people who think I hate Curitiba because I was imprisoned here,” he said. “Jail made me learn to love Curitiba, because it was here, in jail, that I met Janja, and it was here that we decided to marry.”

And he recognized those who sustained the 580-day vigil: “Thank you, Curitiba, for everything you did for me and for Brazil.”

On Twitter, Moro called the rally “unbelievable,” adding it reflected a legal system that allows the corrupt to walk. Two weeks later, he addressed a crowd of about 100 at a private club in Curitiba, assuring them “many lies have been told about Car Wash.” Afterward, dozens eagerly snapped photos with the famous former judge.

One of his voters, Juliane Morvan, said Curitiba still feels wronged by da Silva’s release, though she criticized Moro for “going around certain laws to force Lula’s imprisonment.”

“I agree with his (Moro’s) morals and ethics and, on balance, he did more good things than bad,” Morvan, 28, said near the Federal Police building. “I want to give him a chance to see what he wants to do.”

That isn’t the resounding adulation Moro once enjoyed.

Beto Simonetti, the president of Brazil’s bar association, said if Moro fails to win his Senate seat, with the special legal treatment the position affords, he will become “an even easier target” for lawsuits from those he sentenced accusing him of bias.

Nothing would please Maite Ritz more.

She is the director of the Car Wash Museum, a virtual space presenting a highly critical look at the probe’s legality. Da Silva’s rally celebrated the community that local leftists created, Ritz said. His victory — and Moro’s downfall — would be vindication.

“In 2018, I didn’t have the courage to go out in the streets with a Lula T-shirt,” she said. “Now I wear it proudly.”

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Savarese reported from Sao Paulo.

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              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - A woman holds a poster depicting Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro behind bars, wearing a prison uniform, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
            
              Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shakes hands with a supporter as he campaigns a day ahead of the country's general election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polls show da Silva with a commanding lead that could possibly even give him a first-round victory. But even if that doesn’t happen, the vote itself marks an improbable political comeback for da Silva, a 76-year-old former metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency — then just four years ago was jailed as part of a massive corruption investigation that targeted his Workers’ Party and upended Brazilian politics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - A man wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Brazil's former President and now presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dances during a street block party in support of Lula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Brazil’s Oct. 2 presidential election is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for a second term, rides a horse at the the Barretos Rodeo International Festival in Barretos, Sao Paulo state Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. As Brazilians get ready to head to the polls on Oct. 2, corruption is no longer at the forefront of their minds even as Bolsonaro repeatedly tries to remind voters of the presidential front runner's convictions, repeatedly calling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an “ex-inmate” and “thief.”  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              A woman walks past signs that read in Portuguese: "End the Agony, Bolsonaro Out," in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Bolsonaro had held forward the possibility of a corruption-free Brazil, but once he took office he was ensnared in his own corruption scandals, including recent claims that members of his family bought dozens of properties in cash. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              FILE - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to his Justice Minister Sergio Moro during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Monday, June 17, 2019. Their alliance didn’t last long. Moro quit the government in 2020 before he managed to implement his anti-corruption agenda, alleging Bolsonaro was interfering in the federal police force. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
            
              FILE - Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police Department in Curitiba, Brazil, Saturday, April 7, 2018. Da Silva complied with an arrest warrant and turned himself in to police, to begin serving a sentence of 12 years and one month for a corruption conviction. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
            
              FILE - A supporter of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva holds a flag that reads in Portuguese: "Free Lula," in front of the Federal Police Department where Da Silva is serving jail time in Curitiba, Brazil, July 8, 2018. With his convictions annulled in March of 2021, Da Silva, known universally as Lula, was cleared for a presidential run. (AP Photo/Denis Ferreira Netto, File)
            
              FILE - A demonstrator dressed as Batman holds a sign with a message that reads in Portuguese: "Lula in prison!" during a protest against Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 3, 2018. Beginning in 2014, the so-called Carwash investigation uncovered a colossal corruption scheme that led to the jailing of several of the country's elite, from former Odebrecht CEO Marcelo Odebrecht to Lula. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              FILE - Supporters of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro carry a coffin with images of the resigned former Justice Minister Sergio Moro taped to it, during a protest against the Supreme Court and Brazil's National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, May 17, 2020. The anti-corruption crusader had Brazil's former President da Silva jailed. But then the Supreme Court ruled that Moro had been biased against Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva by colluding with prosecutors to secure a conviction. (AP Photo/Andre Borges, File)
            
              FILE - A card board cutout of Brazilian federal judge Sergio Moro dressed in a tuxedo towers over demonstrators protesting against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed da Silva could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2, 2022 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              FILE - Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks to supporters as his girlfriend Rosangela da Silva leans on his back after he was released from Federal Police headquarters where he was imprisoned on corruption charges, in Curitiba, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Da Silva married Rosangela Silva, a Parana native nicknamed Janja, in May 2022 after the two carried out a courtship largely by letters while the former president was in prison. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
            
              FILE - Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro throws his hands up as he arrives to testify before a Senate commission, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. When Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed da Silva could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s Oct. 2, 2022 general election, the once-revered magistrate was fighting what polls showed was a losing battle for a Senate seat. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

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