Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled former judge Sergio Moro was biased in the way he oversaw former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s corruption trial, providing vindication for the leftist leader who has long claimed political persecution.
Tuesday’s (Wednesday AEDT) decision further darkens the shadow over the reputation of Mr Moro and the sweeping Car Wash corruption investigation he presided over for years.
He sentenced hundreds of business and political leaders previously believed to enjoy impunity and transformed himself into one of Brazil’s best-known public figures. Some hailed him as a hero while others accused him of being a zealot.
“In this case what is discussed is something that for me is key: everyone has the right to a fair trial, due legal process, and the impartiality of the judge,” said Justice Carmen Lucia, who cast the tie-breaking vote.