10/04/2017 | 9:10AM
During these three years in which Operation Car Wash has been investigating corruption schemes in Petrobras, the Federal Regional Court of the 4th Region (TRF4) has received 645 lawsuits involving appeals against federal judge Sérgio Moro of the 13th Federal Court of Curitiba, who has been conducting the investigation.
The figures were released on Thursday (6) by the Federal Court in Paraná. Most of these actions are requests for refusal of evidence and release of defendants arrested in the 39 phases of the operation so far. Altogether, there are 419 requests for habeas corpus, of which 365 have already been analyzed by TRF4.
In 2015, when the Operation Car Wash process sentences began to be issued by Moro, the court also began receiving appeals from the convicted. So far, there have been eight appeals: two involving the former director of the Petrobras International area, Nestor Cerveró.
Judge João Pedro Gebran Neto, rapporteur of Car wash cases, had to appoint five staff members to work exclusively on these cases because of the volume of actions related to the operation. "The pace is constant throughout the three years as a result of each new phase of the operation triggered by the Federal Police," said Gebran, who, in addition to the lawsuits involving Petrobras, works with other criminal actions as well.
The merit of each case in second instance is analyzed by TRF4, composed by the judges Leandro Paulsen and Victor Luiz dos Santos Laus, in addition to Gebran.