Brazil’s prosecution of former President Lula, who was until his imprisonment for corruption the clear favorite to be the country’s new president, could be compromised, as press leaks released this week have shown.
The Brazilian Bar Association has called for the suspension of justice minister Moro and several prosecutors. In messages, Sergio Moro, in his previous role as a judge, appears to conspire against former President Lula.
President Jair Bolsonaro has not yet reacted to the news.
Brazil’s top legal regulatory board on Monday recommended the suspension of all federal prosecutors involved in the case against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after the first in a massive series of leaks were published.
The online newsmagazine The Intercept on Sunday published Telegram messages between Sergio Moro — at the time a judge and now the justice minister under nationalist President Jair Bolsonaro — and the task force that for five years has investigated Operation Car Wash, the corruption scandal that ensnared Brazilian politicians from all parties.
The Brazilian Bar Association recommended the suspensions “so that the investigation can run without any suspicions.”
The material was published by Mr Glenn Greenwald, a former reporter for the Guardian who famously interviewed Edward Snowden as he ran from the US Justice Department.