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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 04:50 AM

Brazil's Moro questions authenticity of leaked messages

Brazil’s Moro questions authenticity of leaked messages
JUNE 15, 2019 05:30 PM

In this photo released by Brazil's Presidential Press Office, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, right, and Justice Minister Sergio Moro attend a military ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Moro has met with President Jair Bolsonaro, two days after press reports accused him of allegedly coordinating with prosecutors when he was a judge. BRAZIL'S PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE VIA AP MARCOS CORREA

Brazil's justice minister on Saturday questioned the authenticity of leaked personal messages published by a news website that appear to show him when he was still a judge improperly advising prosecutors in a case against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The Intercept posted purported chats between then-judge Sergio Moro and ex-prosecutor Carlos Dos Santos Lima in which Moro offers strategy advice to the prosecutor in the corruption case against da Silva. According to the website, the conversation suggests Moro acted "as an informal coordinator" of the prosecution in the judicial process that led to da Silva's conviction for receiving a beachfront apartment as a bribe.

The website said Moro at one point suggested the prosecutors release a statement highlighting contradictions in da Silva's declaration.

The conviction ended da Silva's 2018 presidential run and Moro went on to become justice minister in President Jair Bolsonaro's government.



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