Senator runs the risk of having his mandate revoked due to actions by PL and PT; trial is scheduled for February 8
The senator and former judge of the Lava Jato operation, Sergio Moro (União Brasil-PR), said this Wednesday (January 31, 2024) that he does not regret leaving the judiciary to dedicate himself to political life. The congressman is the target of action at the TRE-PR (Paraná Regional Electoral Court) which accuses him of slush fund and abuse of economic power in the pre-campaign for the Federal Senate.
“I have no regrets [de ter deixado a magistratura]. I’m proud of the work we did at Lava Jato. I respect the Electoral Court and we are very clear that the acts stated in these actions are unfounded, they did not happen”said Moro in an interview with CNN Brazil.
The senator also stated that the action was filed by members of the PT “thirsty for revenge” and for “opportunists” of PL in Paraná.
Moro was responsible for sentencing President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) to prison for 9 years and 6 months, in 2017, for the Guarujá (SP) triplex case.
The president of TRE-PR, Sigurd Roberto Bengtsson, included the process regarding the senator on the February 8 agenda.
Moro is the target of two actions in TRE-PR: one filed by PL, the party of former president Jair Bolsonaro (PL), and another, by the Brazilian Federation of Hope (PT, PC do B and PV), which elected Lula. In June, the court decided to join the actions.
The acronyms indicate abuse of economic power, box 2, misuse of the media and irregularities in contracts. The parties are calling for Moro’s impeachment and his ineligibility for 8 years.
In addition to Moro, his deputies in the Senate, Luis Felipe Cunha and Ricardo Augusto Guerra, are also accused.
The lawsuits deal with Moro’s expenses during the pre-campaign, when he was a member of Podemos and aimed to run for President of the Republic.
If convicted by the Electoral Court, Moro will still be able to appeal to the TSE (Superior Electoral Court) to try to save his mandate. If resources are exhausted and the ticket is revoked, new elections will be called for the former judge’s seat.
According to the action, the accounts of Moro’s campaign for the Senate are irregular because they do not include the amounts spent on his pre-campaign for the Presidency. The parties indicate that Podemos would have spent more than R$18 million to prepare the former judge’s candidacy. This amount was used for legal expenses, travel, security, consultancy and marketing.
According to the rules of the Electoral Court, expenses for the senator’s campaign in Paraná have a ceiling of R$4.4 million, which, according to the parties, is an amount below what Moro would have spent even before starting the campaign.