Meeting in plenary session on Thursday, the Supreme Court of Brazil upheld the decision of its second chamber, declaring former judge Sergio Moro “biased” in the corruption trial which led former President Lula (2003-2010) to jail.
The Supreme Court thus confirms its decision taken on April 15 confirming the annulment of Lula’s convictions, making him eligible for the 2022 presidential election. Seven of the eleven judges were in favor of upholding the judgment, two voted against and the other two have to decide when they will resume consideration of the case, but no date has been set.
“It is a victory of law over arbitrariness. It is about reestablishing due process and the credibility of the judicial system in Brazil, ”Lula’s lawyers said once the majority of the 11 judges had been acquired.
Lula claims to be the victim of a conspiracy
This decision further reinforces the speech of the former left-wing president (2003-2010), according to which he was the victim of a plot to exclude him from the electoral race of 2018 of which he was the favorite. An election finally won by the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro.
The decision of the highest court in Brazil is also a stinging defeat for “Lavage express”, the largest anti-corruption investigation in the history of the country, of which Judge Moro was the leading figure.
The “Express washing” investigation discredited
Sergio Moro’s impartiality had been questioned when he agreed at the end of 2018 to become Jair Bolsonaro’s Minister of Justice. He resigned with a bang a year ago, denouncing interference by the president.
The “Express washing” investigation was then further discredited by the revelation of the exchange of messages by the site The Intercept Brasil, showing collusion between prosecutors and Judge Moro.
The main feat of arms of this magistrate was the conviction of Lula at first instance in July 2017: the former president (2003-2010) was accused of having received a triplex by the sea in exchange for favors in the award of public contracts. After being convicted on appeal, the former turner-miller had served 18 months in prison from April 2018 to November 2019, before being released on another Supreme Court decision.