Supreme Court Overrules Car Wash Operation Conviction Imposed by Moro

STF ruling could overturn almost all Lava Jato sentences, task force says

The Supreme Court (Supreme Court) overturned--for the first time--a conviction made by former judge Sergio Moro.

By three votes to 1, the Second Panel dismissed the conviction of Aldemir Bendine, former president of Petrobras and Banco do Brasil, for corruption and money laundering in a case linked to Operation Lava Jato.

Ministers Ricardo Lewandowski, Gilmar Mendes, and Cármen Lúcia voted for the annulment. Lava Jato's court rapporteur, Minister Edson Fachin, was defeated. The fifth member of the board, Celso de Mello, did not attend the session on Tuesday (27).

CEO Aldemir Bendine listens to a question during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/File Photo - REUTERS

The decision was due to a technical issue linked to curbing the possibility of defense and is considered a significant Car Wash Operation defeat.

The Car Wash Operation task force in Parana issued a statement saying it was "very concerned" with the Supreme Court ruling that overturned the sentence put down by judge Sergio Moro on Tuesday (27) and said the precedent paves the way to overrule most convictions already issued in the operation.

"This new rule is not foreseen in the Code of Criminal Procedure or in the law that governed the awarded awards. If the understanding is applied in the other cases of the Lava Jato operation, it can nullify almost all the convictions, with the consequent prescription of several crimes and release of defendants arrested ", says text released by prosecutors of Paraná.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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