Sérgio Moro

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Sérgio Moro
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Personal details
Born Sérgio Fernando Moro
(1972-08-01) 1 August 1972 (age 45)
Maringá, Paraná, Brazil[1]
Alma mater Maringa State University and Federal University of Paraná
Profession Federal Judge

Sérgio Fernando Moro (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈsɛʁʒju ˈmoɾu]; born 1 August 1972) is a Brazilian federal judge who has gained fame in Brazil for being in charge of the prosecution of the crimes identified in the Operation Car Wash (Portuguese: Operação Lava Jato), a case of high-profile scandals of corruption and bribery involving government officials and business executives.[2][3]

Early life

Moro holds a press conference in September 2015.

Moro grew up in Maringá. His parents are Dalton Áureo Moro, a former Geography professor, died in 2005, and Odete Moro, a former Portuguese teacher. His elder sibling is César Fernando Moro, a marathonist and director of a technology firm. He studied abroad through an exchange program at Harvard Law School in 1998. He earned a doctorate at the Federal University of Paraná in 2002 and earned his bachelors of law degree at Maringa State University in 1995. Since 1996, he has been federal judge in Brazil. For acting in favor of retired people, he was known as "juiz dos velhinhos," or "elderly people's judge."[1] Currently, he is an adjunct law professor there and acts as a federal judge in high-profile cases—including Operation Car Wash.[4] In 2007, he participated in the United States Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program in which he visited U.S. agencies and institutions responsible for preventing and combating money laundering.[5]


Having understood how the Italian corruption case Mani pulite worked, Moro followed the same method in Brazil. According to him, he adopted the way of "falar pelos autos", meaning he communicates what he wants through legal sentences.[1] Besides working on Operation Car Wash, he also coordinated the criminal case dubbed "Banestado," which resulted in the prosecution of 97 individuals, and Operation "Farol da Colina"—in which he decreed the preventive arrest of 103 suspects for committing money laundering, tax evasion and other crimes. Among the arrested was Alberto Youssef, also accused in the Car Wash case. He participated on the judicial team prosecuting the Mensalão scandal as well.[6]

In 2016, he was awarded 13th in Fortune's List of World's Greatest Leaders and was compared to Brazil's real-life edition of The Untouchables (film) for his acts in the prosecution of $3billion corruption scheme in Petrobras.[7] He was also in Time Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People for the same year [8] and in 10th place on Bloomberg Businessweek's list of 50 Most Influential People in the World of Finance.[9]

Despite his recent rise to stardom, however, Moro's methods have been questioned by some of his peers,[10] including accusations of lawfare. Justice Celso de Mello has accused Moro of condoning a "nosy police state" and acting as an "investigative judge."[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Hasselmann, Joice (2016). Sérgio Moro: a História do Homem por Trás da Operação que Mudou o Brasil [Sérgio Moro: The History of the Man Behind the Operation that Changed Brazil] (in Portuguese). São Paulo: Universo dos Livros. p. 208. ISBN 8550300217. 
  2. ^ "Effects of Petrobras scandal leave Brazilians lamenting a lost dream". The New York Times. 9 August 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2017. If any good has come from the Petrobras debacle it is the flickering sense that this time could be different. Part of the reason is the work of Judge Sérgio Moro, who is overseeing the investigation, officially known as Operação Lava Jato, or Operation Carwash. 
  3. ^ Cruz, Fernanda (31 August 2015). "Sergio Moro fighting corruption should bring benefits to Brazil". Agência Brasil. Retrieved 15 July 2017. "Federal Judge Sérgio Moro, in charge of the proceedings opened under Operation Car Wash"..."The judge reported that the evidence gathered during the operation as well as the allegations given under plea bargain indicate that the payment of bribes through contracts at Petrobras was a common practice.
  4. ^ Connors, Will; Magalhaes, Luciana. "Court Ruling Threatens to Hamper Brazilian Judge Sergio Moro's Anticorruption Success". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 July 2017. A single federal judge has overseen the adjudication of Brazil’s vast corruption scandal involving state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, issuing a string of warrants and multiyear prison sentences against some of the country’s most powerful executives. 
  5. ^ Moro, Sergio (28 October 2013). "Curriculum vitae". Currículo Lattes (in Portuguese). CNPq. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Vasconcelos, Frederico (1 July 2012). "Grupo de juízes auxilia STF no julgamento do mensalão". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Sergio Moro". Fortune. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Walsh, Bryan (21 April 2016). "Sergio Moro". Time. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Bloomberg's Fifty Most Influential". Bloomberg. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Canário, Pedro (5 May 2015). "Excessos de Sergio Moro são discutidos no STF e no CNJ pelo menos desde 2005" (in Portuguese). ConJur. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
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