Security & Strategic Review - October 2023

BRAZIL: Lava Jato’s demise fuels calls for judicial accountability

In a ruling of the Brazilian supreme court (STF) pronounced on 6 September, STF justice José Antonio Dias Toffoli described the imprisonment of Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as “one of the greatest judicial errors in the country’s history”. Lula was convicted in 2017 after being implicated in the Lava Jato corruption investigation. The ruling annulled evidence obtained by the Lava Jato taskforce through a leniency agreement with the construction company Odebrecht. This marks a further unravelling of the legacy of the controversial corruption probe which has since been discredited by judicial authorities as a politically motivated act of ‘lawfare’.

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