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Brazil's Supreme Court to review habeas corpus for Lula in two weeks

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The second panel of Brazil's Supreme Court announced on Tuesday their decision to schedule the trial of a habeas corpus request for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for June 25.

The request is based on a complaint about Sergio Moro, a judge in charge of the corruption cases investigated in the Federal Police's Operation Carwash.

Lula's defense accuses the judge of not being impartial and jailing Lula for political gains.

The habeas corpus request was made after Moro was announced as minister of justice of the government led by President Jair Bolsonaro.

Moro's conviction of Lula prevented the latter from running for president last year, and at the time Lula was the only candidate who beat Bolsonaro in every single election poll.

Earlier this week, conversations between Moro and prosecutors in Lula's case on messaging app Telegram were leaked and published by news website The Intercept Brasil. The messages showed Moro discussing the case with the prosecution outside court and indicated a relationship much close than is allowed by Brazilian law.

Lula's defense team and the Workers' Party, which the ex-president founded, said that the leaked messages confirm that Moro and the prosecution colluded to fabricate evidences to jail the ex-president and get him out of the presidential race.


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