In this week’s issue: The most important facts of the week. The 2019 Budget, in detail. 2018 in review: Marielle Franco, João de Deus, Bolsonaro…
The week in review
- Supreme Court. In a turbulent last day before the court went on its end of year holidays, a war of injunctions very nearly led to the release of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from jail. Without warning, Justice Marco Aurélio Mello issued an injunction demanding all prisoners who have not yet exhausted all of their appeal routes be released from jail. Legally speaking, the order would have allowed Lula’s release. Hours later, Chief Justice Dias Toffoli suspended the injunction after a request from the country’s Prosecutor General, underlining the chaos within Brazil’s highest court.
- Temer. Prosecutor General Raquel Dodge asked for the indictment of President Michel Temer for corruption and money laundering in an investigation connected to the Port of Santos. Mr. Temer allegedly accepted bribes in return for fashioning decrees to benefit companies working out of the port, which is Brazil’s busiest. This is the third indictment request brought against the president during his 28-month term.