Judge grants Dilma Rousseff access to Lava Jato's main inquiry

Federal Judge Gabriela Hardt has given former President Dilma Rousseff access to Operation Lava Jato's main inquiries. The procedure gave rise to the investigation, in Curitiba, which had its first phase on March the 14th, 2014.

Dilma's defense had requested "access to all content" of the inquiry, as it would be the target of the denunciation of former Minister Antonio Palocci, the former head of the Presidential Secretariat. In a statement, the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office argued that the defense was based "exclusively on information published in the press and that the denial of access would also have the purpose of preserving the effectiveness of any investigations or proceedings in progress."

In her decision, Gabriela Hardt stated that she did not see "in what way the access to the files by Dilma Vana Rousseff's defense could undermine ongoing investigations." According to the judge, the defense access to the main inquiry would not allow "access to confidential investigations, to proceedings in which agreements of collaboration or leniency are carried out, or to cases in which there are pending precautionary and coercive measures."

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