17/08/2016 08h10 - Updated 17/08/2016 08h10

Teori determines research Dilma and Lula for alleged obstruction of Lava Jato

Research meets the request of the Attorney General of the Republic, Rodrigo Janot.
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Minister of the Supreme Court (STF), Teori Zavascki, determined to open an inquiry to investigate the away President Dilma Rousseff and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for alleged obstruction of investigations of Operation Lava Jato. Research meets the request of the Attorney General of the Republic, Rodrigo Janot.

Will also be investigated former ministers José Eduardo Cardozo and Mercadante, President of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), Francisco Falcon, Minister STJ Marcelo Navarro Ribeiro Dantas and former senator Amaral Delcídio.

The prosecutor's request is based on plea bargaining made by the then senator Amaral Delcídio. In one hearings, Senator accused away President Rousseff and Lula former president have interest in naming, last year, Minister of Superior Court (STJ) Marcelo Navarro Ribeiro Dantas spreads the investigations of Operation Lava jet and release prisoners contractors.

Second or ex-senator, the alleged attempt had the support of José Eduardo Cardozo, who at the time held the position of Minister of Justice, responsible for referring informally to the Presidency names of possible candidates and former minister Mercadante.

Other side
in a statement, Lula's defense said the former president never interfered in the investigation of the Lava Jato. The lawyers also argued that Lula does not preclude any investigation, provided that the rights of defense is respected.

“If the Attorney General of the Republic intends to investigate the former president of the intercepted telephone conversations content, should, also, for equality, take action on the role of the judge of Lava Jato [Moro] who publicized these interceptions - since the law considers, in theory, criminal conduct that”, says defense.

Dilma Rousseff declared, through advice, who did not practice any act to stop the investigations of Lava Jato.

"The press office of President Dilma Rousseff said that the opening of the investigation it is important to elucidate the facts and clarify that at no time there was obstruction of justice. The truth will prevail ", the statement said.

in a statement, Mercadante has denied blocking investigations. "The decision of the investigation opening of the Supreme Court will be an opportunity for the former minister, Mercadante, show that his attitude was of solidarity and that there was no attempt to obstruction of justice or prevention of denunciation of the then senator Amaral Delcídio ", the statement said.

The Agency Brazil contacted the STJ ministers, who said they would not manifest today on the opening of research.

Source: Agency Brazil

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