System Must End Impunity of the Powerful, says Justice Minister

"Typically, those in a position to manipulate the system were people with abundant financial resources to hire excellent lawyers with a certain amount of influence in the courts of justice."

By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After 22 years of experience in the federal judiciary, where he acted in prominent cases such as the Banestado and Lava Jato trials, the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Sergio Moro, said yesterday, 13th, that the flaws in the criminal procedural system have enabled influential defendants to employ lawyers who, "with some influence before the courts of justice", have been able to delay a final conviction of their clients.

"The procedural appeals mechanism was so generous that anyone who succeeded in manipulating it was never punished. An absurdly inequitable procedural . . .

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