How a Brazilian Supreme Court Ruling May Hamper the Fight Against Corruption

A controversial decision of the Brazilian Supreme Court may significantly affect the battle against corruption in Brazil – already, it has resulted in the release of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from prison in November 2019. The decision overturned a 2016 ruling that required convicted criminals to start serving their sentences immediately after a first appeal was denied. Lula had been convicted for corruption and money laundering in the context of Operation Car Wash. In a guest article, Eloy Rizzo, a partner at Demarest Advogados, and associate Fernanda Martins examine the ruling and analyze its repercussions on the Brazilian anti-corruption enforcement landscape. See “Bolsonaro Nepotism Allegations Upend Brazilian Corruption Investigations” (Aug. 7, 2019).

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