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Brazilian Supreme Court justices invited to Senate grilling

The relationship between Brazil's Senate and Supreme Court has been sour for some time, and is only set to get worse as three justices are invited in for questioning in the Senate's Oversight Committee

Supreme Court Justice Nunes Marques reportedly traveled on the dime of a shady lawyer. Photo: Marcos Oliveira/SF
Supreme Court Justice Nunes Marques reportedly traveled on the dime of a shady lawyer. Photo: Marcos Oliveira/SF

The Brazilian Senate’s Oversight Committee invited this week three Supreme Court justices for a series of hearings that could well reflect badly on the country’s highest judicial body.

Justice Nunes Marques, appointed by President Jair Bolsonaro late in 2020, was called in to provide clarifications about a recent trip he made to Europe. The judge’s jaunt to France to attend the Champions League final, the Monaco Grand Prix, and Roland Garros was reportedly paid for by a lawyer with cases currently before the Supreme Court — and who has himself been linked to a kickback scheme. 

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