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Brazil's Bolsonaro to appoint Moro to Supreme Court

The Brazilian President vowed to nominate anti-corruption crusader Sérgio Moro to the Supreme Court at the first opening that appeared.

Monday 13 May, 2019
Justice Minister Sérgio Moro, who was appointed by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, speaks to the press as he arrives to Bolsonaro's team transition office in Brasilia, Brazil in 2018. Bolsonaro said on Sunday, May 12, 2019 that he will nominate the anti-corruption crusader to the Supreme Court whenever there is an opening.
Justice Minister Sérgio Moro, who was appointed by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, speaks to the press as he arrives to Bolsonaro's team transition office in Brasilia, Brazil in 2018. Bolsonaro said on Sunday, May 12, 2019 that he will nominate the anti-corruption crusader to the Supreme Court whenever there is an opening. Foto:Eraldo Peres, AP

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President Jair Bolsonaro said Sunday that he will nominate anti-corruption crusader Sérgio Moro to the Supreme Court whenever there is an opening.

"The first opening there is, I have this commitment to Moro. God willing, we will fulfill this commitment," the president said in an interview with Radio Bandeirantes.

Moro is best known for leading prosecutions as a judge in the "Operation Car Wash" investigation, which has been Brazil's biggest corruption scandal ever. It has brought the jailing of former presidents and swaths of the country's political and business elite.

Moro is now justice minister in the Bolsonaro administration. That appointment drew criticism from some Brazilians, because Moro convicted former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of corruption, which kept him from running again in the election won by Bolsonaro.

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