Brazil's Supreme Court Moves to Investigate Authenticity of Leaked Car Wash Messages

Justice Gilmar Mendes prompted the move to validate leaked messages


Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court will attempt to authenticate the leaked Car Wash messages.

In a move led by Justice Gilmar Mendes, the court will sue the Attorney General's Office to seek to verify the authenticity of the messages. Other justices support the Gilmar movement.

Justice Gilmar Mendes. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

If messages are verified true, they may be used in in Car Wash lawsuits and impact court decisions and members of the Car Wash task force. 

The Telegram messages, obtained by The Intercept and publicized by the site and other outlets, including Folha, exposed the relationship between Sergio Moro and the prosecutors.

The messages challenged the impartiality, as judge, of the Bolsonaro government's minister of justice. They also prompted discussions about the conduct of prosecutors and task force Deltan Dallagnol.

The Attorney General may receive the messages from the STF, which requested the messages from the Federal Police, or from the police responsible for an investigation into the case.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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