Brazilian Justice Minister backs police arrests over hacking case

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RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24 (Xinhua) — Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro on Wednesday complimented the federal police for arresting four people who allegedly hacked his phone.

Moro, who also heads the federal police, congratulated the officers and prosecutors for the arrests via Twitter.

He said that the alleged hackers are the source of “those who published illegally obtained messages,” referring to the message records between him and Deltan Dallagnol, the lead prosecutor in the country’s large-scale anti-graft Carwash Operation.

Brazilian news site The Intercept published Moro’s message records in June, suggesting that he had colluded with Dallagnol in a Carwash Operation case involving former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The Intercept suggested in its report that Moro had acted on a political bias to convict Lula of corruption in 2017, when he was the judge of Carwash Operation cases. Moro denied such accusation and doubted the veracity of the published messages.

Lula was imprisoned in April 2018, which prevented him from running for presidency that year.

The Intercept said in an official statement later Wednesday that the anonymity of a journalistic source is under the protection of Brazilian law. It also expressed hope for the police to carry out an impartial investigation despite being Moro’s subordinates.

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