01/08/2016 13h19 - Updated 1/08/2016 13h19

Justice decides to drop John Santana and Monica Moura

With the decision, Santana and Monica should be released in the coming hours. The advertising and wife defendants follow the process.
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The Federal Court granted today (1º) provisional release to Advertiser John Santana and Monica Moura, his wife, arrested in February during the 23th stage of Operation Lava Jato. The decision of the 13th Federal Court of Curitiba was confirmed by the couple's defense lawyer, Fabio Tofic Simantob.

“After they testified last week, we made a petition because it made no sense to keep them stuck in front of their attitude towards justice”, explicou Simantob. The lawyer stressed, still, the couple admitted to having made some mistakes, but not acted in collusion with corruption in no time – which would have been confirmed in the testimony of Swi Skornicki engineer, representative in Brazil Keppel Fels shipyard.

With the decision, Santana and Monica should be released in the coming hours. The prison was replaced by alternative precautionary measures: prohibition to leave the country, prohibition to maintain contacts with others involved in Operation Lava Jato, attendance at all stages of the proceedings and payment of corresponding bond to the amounts already blocked in current accounts of the couple. The advertising and wife defendants follow the process.

According to investigations by the Federal Police and the Federal Prosecutor (MPF), Santana and Monica received, between 2012 e 2014, US$ 3 million offshore linked to Odebrecht and US $ 4,5 Keppel Fels million of. The couple told the federal judge Sergio Moro, in testimony last week, the amount received from Skornicki was slush PT's presidential campaign 2010.

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