Lula Sees Collusion in Lava Jato Messages between Moro and Deltan

Lawyers will discuss with Lula a strategy to try to annul his guilty verdict

Katna Baran
Curitiba

Lawyer José Roberto Batochio, one of ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) defenders, revealed that Lula was surprised by two elements of the released messages between the Lava Jato prosecutors and ex-judge Sergio Moro: how rapid the "truth was revealed" and the "promiscuity" of the messages.

The Intercept Brazil published messages that show that former judge Sergio Moro and prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol collaborated when they were part of the Lava Jato task force.

Ex-judge Sérgio Moro (Foto: ANDRE COELHO/Folhapress)

According to Batochio, the Lula stated that "truth gets sick, but it never dies."

"We did not expect [the truth] to be revealed so quickly. The second reason for the surprise was the degree of promiscuity revealed in the dialogue exchanges by this system. He believed that this did not come to light so quickly because the scheme here is so well structured, so organized that it was practically open to challenge, and no sooner had journalism brightened up this episode that was secret, scary, in that country?" the lawyer said.

Batochio also said that it was strange that Sergio Moro said that talks between the defense and the prosecution are common for him. Moro refused Batochio's visit when the defense lawyer wanted to talk about security and logistics for Lula's first testimony in Federal Court.

"He sent word through the secretary director that he would not receive me and instead would say what he had to say in writing. I am surprised to see that the treatment was very different for the prosecution. He not only received as much as he exchanged high opinions and high regard as to how to accuse, to refer, to take as real recordings," he revealed.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

Read the article in the original language