Portugal: Moro acts ‘a political activist disguised as judge’ – Sócrates

Portugal’s former prime minister José Sócrates has said that Brazil is living an “institutional tragedy” and that the Brazilian minister of justice, Sérgio Moro, acted as “a political activist disguised as a judge.”

These opinions are in a note sent by Sócrates to Lusa after Moro identified an “institutional difficulty” in Portugal following forward with a process against Sócrates, as it happens in Brazil.

Answering to Moro’s intervention in the Opening Conference on the Democratic State of Law and Combating Organised Crime and Corruption, in the 7th Legal Forum of Lisbon, Sócrates, who was prime minister from 2005 to 2011, said: “What Brazil is experiencing is a dishonoured instrumentalization of its judicial system at the service of a particular and concrete political interest.”

According to Sócrates, this “is what happens when a political activist acts disguised as a judge.”

“It is not just an institutional problem, it is an institutional tragedy,” he said.

Sócrates said that as a judge, Moro validated “illegally a phone tap” between the then Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, and her predecessor, Lula da Silva.

“The judge illegally decides to deliver the recording to Globo television network, which discloses it on that same day, the judge condemns the former president [Lula da Silva] for corruption in indeterminate acts, the judge arrests the former present before the sentence is carried on trial, violating the Brazilian constitution,” Sócrates said.

“The judge, on holiday and without jurisdiction in the case, acts illegal to prevent the decision of a magistrate who decided for the freeing of Lula to be fulfilled.”

According to him, in the same stage of the process, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to notify the Brazilian institutions to allow the candidacy of Silva and access the campaign means.

“But the Brazilian institutions refused, thus violating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Brazil freely subscribed. In the end, the judge got his prize: he was appointed minister of justice by president-elected [Jair Bolsonaro] and main beneficiary of the decisions to condemn, arrest and prevent the candidacy of Lula da Silva,” Sócrates added.