Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers

Brazil's Supreme Court to Take Over Corruption Probe into ex-President

A legal victory for Lula da Silva as a a judge he says unfairly targeted him is taken off of his case

Pro-government demonstration in Brasilia
2 years ago

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s Supreme Court handed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva a victory on Thursday, ruling against returning a corruption investigation involving the ex-leader back to a judge he accuses of unfairly targeting him.

Government supporters carry a sign that says in Portuguese "Stay Dilma," as people rally to show their support for Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, March 31, 2016. Rousseff is facing impeachment proceedings as her government faces a stalling national economy and multiple corruption scandals. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Government supporters carry a sign that says in Portuguese “Stay Dilma.” Photo: Associated Press/Eraldo Peres.

Brazil’s highest court voted 8-2 to take over the case, effectively removing the probe into Silva from Judge Sergio Moro, the lower court magistrate spearheading a corruption case centered on state-run oil company Petrobras.

Moro, a judge from the provincial backwater of Curitiba, has risen to prominence over the past two years while presiding over the Petrobras investigation that has ensnared some of Brazil’s richest businessmen and top public figures from across the political spectrum.

But he was accused of partisanship earlier this month after ordering police to take Silva in for questioning in connection with the Petrobras case.

Silva’s supporters say Moro is waging a crusade against the former leader and fear he could order Silva detained, a step the Supreme Court is thought much less likely to take, at least in the short term.

The full court has not yet taken up appeals of a separate injunction that prevented Silva from taking office as President Dilma Rousseff’s chief of state, a post that would give him greater legal protections. Under Brazilian law, only the Supreme Court can authorize the investigation, detention and indictment of Cabinet ministers and legislators.

Silva’s appointment has remained in limbo for weeks, pending a decision by the Supreme Court. The former president, who served from 2003-2010, has denied all wrongdoing.

Meanwhile Thursday, demonstrators gathered in more than 20 states to support Silva and Rousseff, who is facing impeachment proceedings over accusations she violated fiscal laws. Thousands of demonstrators — many dressed in red, the symbol of Rousseff’s left-leaning Workers’ Party — converged in the capital, Brasilia, as well as the financial center of Sao Paulo and other cities throughout the country.

Rousseff’s chance of surviving impeachment effort looked slimmer after the biggest party in her governing coalition decamped earlier this week — a move that also created confusion about the status of her Cabinet.

Leaders of The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, known by the Portuguese initials PMDB, said Tuesday that all their Cabinet ministers, as well as hundreds of other federal government employees, would have to resign immediately.

But Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu, a close confidant of Rousseff, said on Twitter that she didn’t plan on leaving either the government or the party. Her tweet suggested the other five PMDB Cabinet ministers held the same stand.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the PMDB — Brazil’s largest party — would respond to the minister’s defiance.

Rousseff’s office announced late Wednesday that Sports Minister George Hilton had asked to leave the position and would be temporarily replaced by a top ministry official.

Hilton’s departure is unlikely to have much effect on preparations for the Aug. 5-21 Olympics as his role in the project was marginal. The presidential palace said in a statement that Hilton’s replacement, 45-year-old Ricardo Leyser, had headed the agency responsible for coordinating the federal government’s role in the Olympics.

Wednesday’s announcement capped weeks of confusion about whether Hilton would stay on as minister. He left his party after it also pulled out of Rousseff’s governing coalition in March, in an apparent bid to keep his job. But a top Rousseff aide said last week that Hilton would resign, although his ministry declined to confirm it at the time.

Rousseff’s approval rating has plummeted amid the worst recession in decades, rising unemployment and an outbreak of the Zika virus, which has been linked to a rare birth defect.

Jenny Barchfield

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News

Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over vi ...

2 days ago

France names winners of anti-Trump clima ...

2 days ago

The Latest: Bitcoin futures end 1st day ...

2 days ago
Latest News

Tigertown: Morris, Trammell elected to b ...

2 days ago
Most Popular

Up to 90 Million More Takata Airbag Infl ...

By The Associated Press

Deficit in the Mexican Payments Balance

By The News

Mexico's Industries seek U.S. Partner Co ...

By Rosalba Amezcua

Empowering Women's Financial Stability

By Rosalba Amezcua

Scandal-plagued Toshiba Sells Medical Un ...

By The Associated Press