Brazil's Supreme Court Will Review Validity of Imprisonment after First Appeal

Court will review this type of arrest on Thursday


After a two-year impasse, the Federal Supreme Court will decide on Thursday whether a person must still go to prison after their first appeal is denied. Since 2016, the Supreme Court has authorized the execution of sentences after confirmation of the sentence by a collegiate body - Courts of Justice or Federal Regional Courts. 

Before then, defendants did not have to go to prison until their appeals were exhausted. 

Federal Supreme Court justice Dias Toffoli. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

An eventual change in court understanding could affect the Car Wash Operation and benefit former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT), who has been arrested since April 2018.

In the House, deputies defending the Car Wash operation methods, reacted to the announcement made by the Supreme.

Leading the CCJ (Commission of Constitution and Justice), Felipe Francischini (PSL-PR) convened for today an extraordinary session to debate a Proposed Amendment to the Constitution that would make the arrest in second instance mandatory.

However, this move will not have immediate results, as the proposal will not reach the plenary quickly.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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