Brasilia.- Most of the judges of the Supreme Court of Brazil confirmed this Thursday that the former judge Sergio Moro did not act with “impartiality” in one of the trials against the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose sentences had already been previously annulled.
By 7 votes to 2, the majority of the court ratified the decision ruled a month ago by the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court, although the session was suspended and the decision of two other magistrates is pending.
The ruling, which is limited to a judgment on an apartment on a beach that Lula would have received as a bribe, also implies that the evidence collected against the ex-president by prosecutors in Curitiba, where Moro was based, cannot be used as evidence when his case is tried again.
The defense of the former union leader said in a statement that the court’s ruling confirms that Moro “promoted an authentic crusade” against the former president to “accuse and convict him without evidence with the aim of withdrawing him from the 2018 presidential elections and political life. “.
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“It is the reestablishment of due legal process and the credibility of the Judiciary in Brazil“, highlighted the note signed by lawyers Cristiano Zanin and Valeska TZ Martins.
This Thursday’s decision marked a new judicial victory for Lula, a week after the court ratified the annulment of the sentences handed down in the first instance against the former president in processes that were in charge of the Curitiba court, considering that there was a conflict competitions.
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The argument put forward by the judges is that the cases for which Lula was tried had no ties to corruption in the state-owned Petrobras and therefore were outside the jurisdiction of Curitiba, limited to cases related to the oil company.
The plenary confirmed this Thursday that the processes that were processed in Curitiba will be sent to the courts of Brasilia, where they will have to be tried again, and not to Sao Paulo, as it was raised.
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With the decision of the Supreme Court, Lula, who spent 580 days in prison for those now annulled processes, regained his political rights and cleared the way for a possible candidacy in 2022, after being prevented by the justice in the 2018 elections, in the ones that beat Jair Bolsonaro, leader of the Brazilian extreme right.
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