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Deltan Martinazzo Dallagnol (born January 29, 1980) is a Brazilian attorney of the Federal Public Ministry of Brazil. He is known for being the lead prosecutor of Operation Car Wash, an investigation into corruption in the Brazilian petroleum company Petrobras. He holds a law degree from the Federal University of Paraná and a master's degree from Harvard University.[1] Dallagnol is a practicing Baptist.[2] Dallagnol has been with the Public Ministry since 2003, and specializes in crimes against the national financial system and money laundering.

Deltan Dallagnol
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Personal details
Deltan Martinazzo Dallagnol

(1980-01-29) 29 January 1980 (age 39)
Pato Branco, Brazil
Alma materFederal University of Paraná

Illegal coordination with judge of the "Car Wash" OperationEdit

Starting on June 10, 2019, The Intercept began publishing exposés based on a vast trove of leaked materials, including encrypted messages, "showing highly controversial, politicized, and legally dubious internal discussions and secret actions by the Operation Car Wash anti-corruption task force of prosecutors, led by the chief prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol, along with then-judge Sérgio Moro, now the powerful and internationally celebrated justice minister for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro."[3] The reports even exposed that Dallagnol himself was not convinced about the evidence his office was bringing against ex-president Lula mere hours before presenting them in court.[4] These exposés caused an international furor, as they reveal illegal and politicized coordination between Dallagnol and the judge responsible for the operations, which included the imprisonment of Brazil's ex-president Lula.[5][6][7] The documents revealed by The Intercept reveal that Dallagnol, his task force, and judge Moro conspired explicitly to imprison Lula in order to prevent him from participating in the 2018 general elections, and continued to coordinate efforts to restrict his access to the press in order to weaken the electoral strength of the Workers' Party candidate running in Lula's place.[8][9] Dallagnol is now himself under investigation for prosecutorial misconduct.[10]


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  2. ^ Benevides, Carolina (12 December 2014). "Nova face do MP declara 'guerra contra a impunidade'" (in Portuguese). O Globo. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
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