TSE approves triple list and Lula will choose who will participate in Moro’s trial; see names

TSE approves triple list and Lula will choose who will participate in Moro’s trial; see names
TSE approves triple list and Lula will choose who will participate in Moro’s trial; see names
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The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) approved this Thursday, the 1st, the list with the three names of lawyers listed for a position as full member of the Regional Electoral Court of Paraná (TRE-PR). The list is made up of Graciane Aparecida do Valle Lemos, José Rodrigo Sade and Roberto Aurichio Júnior. The chosen one must participate in the trial that could lead to the revocation of the mandate of senator Sérgio Moro (União Brasil-PR).

Now it is up to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), Moro’s disaffection and political opponent, to choose who will win the dispute for the seat. The expectation is that this will happen in the next few days, before the carnival holiday.

Former Lava Jato judge could have his mandate revoked and become ineligible for eight years. The final decision will be made by the TSE. Photograph: Dida Sampaio / Estadão

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The three have already passed through TRE-PR as substitute members. Graciane Aparecida do Valle Lemos took office in 2017, as a substitute magistrate, and in 2019 she became a member of the National Council for Public Security and Social Defense (CNSP), after appointment by Michel Temer (MDB). The publication that made Graciane’s appointment official was signed by Moro himself in the Official Gazette, at the time he headed the Justice department in the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PL).

José Rodrigo Sade and Roberto Aurichio Júnior were substitute members of the Court between 2022 and last January 27th. Both were appointed by Bolsonaro.

Sade was once a lawyer for former deputy Deltan Dallagnol (Novo-PR) – former prosecutor for Operation Lava Jato, of which Moro was a judge. The lawyer declared himself unable to participate in the trials involving his former client. Deltan’s mandate was maintained by the Paraná court, but revoked by the TSE in May 2023.

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Third member of the list, Aurichio Júnior, as a substitute member of the Court, participated in the decision, in September 2022, for left-wing websites to give the right to reply to Deltan Dallagnol for reporting that his candidacy had been rejected by the court, which was celebrated by the former Lava Jato prosecutor on social media.

The vacancy that is open on the Court was left by Thiago Paiva dos Santos, with the end of his term on January 21st. The embezzlement in the Court prevents the actions against Moro from being judged, because, according to the legislation, decisions that could lead to the revocation of the mandate can only be taken with the full composition of the collegiate, made up of seven judges. The quorum will only be complete with the arrival of the new member.

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The composition of the higher electoral courts must have two lawyers appointed by the President of the Republic, who chooses from the triple list drawn up by the state Court of Justice and approved by the TSE.

The trial of the actions that could lead to the impeachment of the former judge of Operation Lava Jato has already been postponed twice and, with the decision of the new president of TRE-PR, judge Sigurd Roberto Bengtsson, who officially takes office this Friday, 2, there is no scheduled date for it to occur.

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The actions calling for Moro’s impeachment are filed by PL, the party of former president Jair Bolsonaro, and the Brazilian Federation of Hope, formed by PCdoB, PV and PT, of president Lula. If he is convicted, the former judge loses his mandate and could be ineligible for eight years.

Moro is accused of abuse of economic power and slush funds carried out in the 2022 campaign. According to the authors of the actions, he caused an electoral imbalance in the elections, when he was elected with 1.9 million votes. The complaints say that this irregularity had occurred since the former judge’s affiliation with Podemos, in November 2021, and the launch of his pre-candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic, which was later discarded.

In testimony to the Electoral Court, Moro denied that the presidential pre-candidacy had boosted his campaign for the Senate and that the movement had been premeditated. “I was already well known in Paraná or throughout Brazil without a presidential pre-candidacy”, he stated at the time, referring to Lava Jato which, in its first years of existence, placed him in the status of a “hero” in the fight against corruption.

The article is in Portuguese

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