Brazil’s da Silva requests release, accusing judge of bias

November 5, 2018
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An inflatable doll of Judge Sergio Moro dressed as a super hero, left, stands by one of Brazil's former, jailed President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva dressed as a prisoner, both for sale where supporters of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro gather outside Bolsonaro's home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. The Brazilian judge at the center of one of the largest corruption investigations in history said Thursday he would become justice minister in the government of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a decision that will be hailed by Brazilians eager for a crackdown on graft but also add to deep polarization after a bruising presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is challenging his corruption conviction, arguing that the judge who convicted him has proven his bias by accepting a cabinet post under a political rival.

The petition filed Monday with Brazil’s highest court asks that da Silva’s be freed and his conviction overturned.

Da Silva’s lawyers have long argued that Judge Sergio Moro was biased against da Silva and that charges against him were trumped up to keep him from becoming president again. Da Silva was leading polls for this year’s election, but the conviction prevented him from running.

Instead, the man who had been trailing da Silva was elected. Moro has now agreed to be Jair Bolsonaro’s justice minister.

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