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The Intercept: Judge Collaborated with Prosecutors to Put Ex-President Lula and Others Behind Bars

HeadlineJun 11, 2019

A damning new report by The Intercept reveals that the judge overseeing the case that put former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva behind bars likely aided federal prosecutors in their corruption cases against Lula and other high-profile figures. Leaked cellphone messages among Brazilian law enforcement officials and other data obtained by The Intercept point to an ongoing collaboration between Judge Sérgio Moro and the prosecutors, whom he advised on strategy throughout what is known as “Operation Car Wash,” which resulted in the jailing of hundreds of executives, politicians and other parties. Lula was considered a favorite in the lead-up to the 2018 presidential election until he was put in jail and forced out of the race on what many say were trumped-up corruption charges. The jailing of Lula helped pave the way for the election of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, who then named Judge Sérgio Moro to be his justice minister. In light of the report, Brazil’s Supreme Court said Monday it would re-consider an appeal by Lula.

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