Teori Zavascki

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Teori Zavascki
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Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
In office
29 November 2012 – 19 January 2017
Appointed by Dilma Rousseff
Preceded by Cezar Peluso
Succeeded by Alexandre de Moraes
Justice of the Superior Court of Justice
In office
8 May 2003 – 29 November 2012
Appointed by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded by Jacy Garcia Vieira
Succeeded by Regina Helena Costa
Personal details
Born Teori Albino Zavascki
(1948-08-15)15 August 1948
Faxinal dos Guedes, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Died 19 January 2017(2017-01-19) (aged 68)
Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cause of death Plane crash
Resting place Jardim da Paz Cemitery
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Spouse(s) Maria Helena Marques de Castro (?–2013)
Children Alexandre Prehn Zavascki
Liliana Maria Prehn Zavascki
Francisco Prehn Zavascki
Mother Pia Maria Fontana Zavascki
Father Severino Zavascki
Alma mater Law School, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Occupation Judge

Teori Albino Zavascki (15 August 1948 – 19 January 2017) was a Brazilian judge who served as a Minister of the Superior Court of Justice from 8 May 2003 until 29 November 2012,[1] appointed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and as a Minister of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil from 29 November 2012[2] until his death in 19 January 2017, having been appointed to the position by President Dilma Rousseff. At the time of his death he was the justice in charge of the trials resulting from Operation Car Wash.[3][4]

Zavascki was killed in an air disaster in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro on 19 January 2017. Official enquiries into the crash began on 20 January[5] and the cockpit voice recorder was recovered. Also killed were four other people on board, including the pilot, and Carlos Alberto Fernandes Filgueiras (pt), a partner in BTG Pactual, whose president, André Esteves, had been arrested in the Operation Car Wash investigation.[6] More than two hundred politicians and business people were possibly implicated in a graft scheme that Zavascki was investigating.[7]


  1. ^ "STJ - Ministros Aposentados e Ex-Ministros" (in Portuguese). Superior Tribunal de Justiça. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Teori Zavascki toma posse como ministro do STF (Portuguese)". STF. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Plane carrying Brazil Supreme Court judge crashes into sea". 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017 – via Reuters. 
  4. ^ Langlois, Jill. "Brazilian Supreme Court justice, who oversaw corruption case, is killed in plane crash". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Brazil begins probe of plane crash that killed top court justice". Reuters. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Brazil judge who played key role in corruption investigation dies in plane crash". The Telegraph. Associated Press. January 19, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Funeral of major graft probe judge killed in plane crash". Reuters. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
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