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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Supreme Court in Brazil voted three to two yesterday (May 2nd) to release former Minister José Dirceu from jail. Dirceu was arrested in August of 2015 by federal court judge Sérgio Moro in connection with Operação Lava Jato (Operation Car Wash).

According to Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, who voted to have Dirceu released, prisons cannot be based on abstract risks to public order and to investigations.

"Only the mention of the seriousness of the offenses can not, in my view, be validly invoked for the enactment of his . . .

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