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Brazilian Supreme Court rules that former President Lula da Silva did not receive a fair trial
Former Judge Sérgio Moro
Former Judge Sérgio Moro Credit: Partido dos Trabalhadores (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

By 3 votes to 2, the Second Panel of the Brazilian Supreme Court declared in a trial that former federal judge Sergio Moro acted with partiality in sentencing former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the case of the triplex of Guaruja.
The Supreme Court decision nullifies the triplex case, which will need to start over.

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Brazilian Supreme Courts cancelled all convictions of former President Lula
Lula Credit: PT - Partido dos Trabalhadores (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Justice Edson Fachin of the Federal Supreme Court overturned on Monday 8 all the condemnations imposed on former President Lula during the Operation Car Wash (Operação Lava Jato). According to Fachin, the Federal Justice of Paraná, responsible for the convictions at first instance, is incompetent to judge the Guarujá triplex, the Atibaia site and the Lula Institute cases.

In 2017, the then judge Sergio Moro sentenced Lula to 9 years and 6 months in prison for passive corruption and money laundering in the case of a triplex flat. Lula, however, denies that he benefited from the flat and is trying to prove in court the suspicion of Moro - who a few years later became Minister of Justice and Public Safety in the government of Jair Bolsonaro.

With the decision, the cases will be analyzed by the Federal Court of the Federal District, which will have the autonomy to decide whether to maintain the convictions already imposed or send the cases to the criminal investigation stage.

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The President of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) tests positive for COVID
The President of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) tests positive for COVID
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Luiz Fux, the new president of the STF, tests positive for Covid-19.

After Minister Luiz Fux took office as president of the STF on September 10, at least 9 officials who were at the ceremony in Brasilia tested positive for Covid-19

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Government must publish full Covid-19 data, says Brazil's Supreme Court justice
Justice Alexandre de Moraes
Justice Alexandre de Moraes Credit: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Ag Brasil

Alexandre de Moraes, Brazil's Supreme Court justice, ruled the Health Ministry must revert to releasing the full data set as it used to do.

During the weekend, the Brazilian Health Ministry abruptly removed troves of detailed Covid-19 data and said it would no longer publish cumulative totals. Last week it pushed back the release of the numbers late into the evening and past "Jornal Nacional", Brazil's main news program.

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Brazilian president criticise Supreme Court investigation of allies for alleged fake news
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR

President Jair Bolsonaro stated on Thursday that a Brazil's Supreme Court investigation into a fake news network was actually aimed at silencing his social media support.

Brazil's Federal Police on Wednesday executed more than two dozen searches and seizure warrants in six states as part of an investigation into a network that allegedly spread defamatory fake news and threats against Supreme Court justices.