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Adoring fans celebrated Brazilian ex-President Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva before he began a prison sentence for corruption in 2018. Lula’s conviction was recently annulled. Miguel Schincariol/AFP via Getty Images)

Prosecuting ex-presidents for corruption is trending worldwide – but it’s not always great for democracy

From Europe to Latin America and the US, former world leaders are being investigated, tried and even jailed. In theory, this shows no one is above the law. But presidents and PMs aren't just anyone.
Sergio Moro, former judge and now Brazil’s justice minister, was heralded for his Operation Car Wash anti-corruption investigations. Now he’s facing allegations he co-ordinated with prosecutors, improperly advising them in a case against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil’s Operation Car Wash: A corruption investigator is accused of his own misdeeds

Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro, once a judge who oversaw a massive and successful anti-corruption operation, is accused of improperly directing prosecutors in a case against a former president.
Presidential runoff candidates: Jair Bolsonaro, far-right lawmaker of the Social Liberal Party and Fernando Haddad of Brazil’s leftist Workers Party. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Washington Alves

‘Disillusioned’ Brazilians choose Bolsonaro, Haddad after a tense and violent campaign

After four years of economic crisis and corruption, Brazilians have never trusted their government less. They showed their frustration Sunday, voting for two ideologically opposed candidates.

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