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Brazil Supreme Court ruling could overturn corruption convictions

Friday, September 27th 2019 - 09:55 UTC
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The ruling stems from an habeas corpus requested by a former employee at state-controlled oil company Petrobras and may be used to annul corruption sentences. The ruling stems from an habeas corpus requested by a former employee at state-controlled oil company Petrobras and may be used to annul corruption sentences.
Last August, the Supreme Court overturned the corruption sentence of former Petrobras CEO Aldemir Bendine based on a similar request by defense lawyers. Last August, the Supreme Court overturned the corruption sentence of former Petrobras CEO Aldemir Bendine based on a similar request by defense lawyers.

Brazilian Supreme Court justices approved late on Thursday a ruling that may overturn corruption convictions in the country's largest-ever corruption probe. The majority of the Supreme Court ruled that defendants mentioned in plea deals by witnesses also accused of corruption should have the right to defend themselves after testimony of the whistleblower - the right to address the court last.

The ruling stems from an habeas corpus requested by a former employee at state-controlled oil company Petrobras and may be used to annul corruption sentences.

Last August, the Supreme Court overturned the corruption sentence of former Petrobras CEO Aldemir Bendine based on a similar request by defense lawyers.

Prosecutors working at the country's largest ever corruption probe, Car Wash (Lava Jato), have said that if the ruling is applied, around 32 sentences involving 143 of the 162 people sentenced in the case could be overturned.

One of the corruption sentences that could be overturned is one of the several of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Terence Hill

    Given the times and their failure to act, 'Justice delayed is justice denied. Brings to mind what seems an appropriate comment.
    “It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
    Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?”
    Oliver Cromwell – April 20, 1653

    Sep 27th, 2019 - 11:33 am 0
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    @Terence Hill

    REF: Oliver Cromwell

    Excellent!

    REF: “The ruling stems from a habeas corpus requested by a former employee at state-controlled oil company Petrobras and may be used to annul corruption sentences.”:

    - Was there or was there not any misappropriation of funds?
    - Are/were their authenticated auditing-reports?
    - Is or isn't Petrobras profit-oriented?
    - If it isn't; why keep feeding a white elephant at the expenses of [already drained+wasted+stolen] public-funds?
    https://latuffcartoons.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/cpi-da-petrobras.gif

    Sep 27th, 2019 - 11:57 am 0
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