Brazil: Lula defends Bolsonaro in case he is accused of interfering in the police |

At the time, last April, Moro resigned and said that Bolsonaro dismissed the leadership of the Federal Police because he intended to have access to judicial investigations, some of which involved his children or allies.

“The President told me, more than once, expressly, that he wanted to have a person of his personal contact [para quem] he could call, [de quem] he could gather information, [com quem] he could collect intelligence reports. Be the director [da Polícia Federal], be a superintendent, ”said Moro, when he resigned in late April.

After this accusation, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) opened an investigation to investigate the alleged interference, at the request of the Attorney General, Augusto Aras.

After hearing several ministers, deputies and delegates, the Supreme Court ruled last week that Bolsonaro will appear in person to testify in the investigation.

The Federal Police is an autonomous body, subordinated to the Ministry of Justice, although the director is appointed by the President of the Republic.

Lula da Silva was convicted in two cases for corruption, and is the target of at least seven other investigations. He was imprisoned for 580 days, having been released last November.

Lula da Silva has always denied all accusations and says he is the victim of judicial persecution carried out by people who have political ambitions.

Launched in 2014, the Lava Jato operation brought to the public a huge corruption scheme by public companies, such as Petrobras, involving dozens of senior political and economic officials, and leading to the arrest of many of them, such as former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva , who was convicted by former judge Sergio Moro.

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