“A Judge should not have a Party” – Philosopher Djamila Ribeiro confronts Sergio Moro at debate in London

“A Judge should not have a Party” – Philosopher Djamila Ribeiro confronts Sergio Moro at debate in London


Philosopher Djamila Ribeiro questioned Judge Sergio Moro about his position at the head of Operation Lava-Jato. The Prosecuting Judge participated yesterday (13/5) in a debate at the London School of Economics, with the presence of former Attorney General José Eduardo Cardozo.

Cardozo said Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment was a coup based on accusations and was received with applause. When the discussion turned to questions from the audience, Djamila, who was to speak at the Sunday event on gender issues, criticized the “discourse of penal populism”.

Djamila Ribero posted on her Facebook page shortly after the debate:

“Moro defended the orthodox application of the law,” I asked the first question, “I said that today was the formal liberation from slavery and that slavery was legal. Orthodox application of the law, especially in the criminal matter, because that was the view that had massively imprisoned the black population, that this criminal populism causes Rafael Braga to have been imprisoned for possession of sun pine. State of exception, and that we see the arbitrariness spread with the impeachment of President Dilma, with the fact that a judge decides to interrupt the activities of the Lula Institute. She said that it was worrisome that Moro, a judge, is cheered, as this demonstrates the partisanization of and I asked: can we talk about a dictatorship in the judiciary? Is it possible to have dialogue with arbitrariness?
I almost could not conclude because the Moro fan club kept booing and interrupting me.”

The former deputy secretary of Human Rights of the city of São Paulo recalled that the decision to stop the activities of the Lula Institute was made with a “canetada”. “A Judge should not have a side” she emphasized when commenting on the crowd of Moro supporters at the debate.

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