Dennis Brown | October 02, 2017
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., presented the Notre Dame Award to Brazilian Judge Sérgio Moro at a ceremony Oct. 2 (Monday) in São Paulo for his courageous efforts to preserve the “nation’s integrity through his steadfast, unbiased application of the law.”
“Previous Note Dame Award recipients, each in their own way, have been pillars of conscience and integrity, and whose actions benefited their compatriots, and by example, the whole world, as they committed themselves to faith, justice, peace, truth and solidarity with the most vulnerable,” Father Jenkins said.
“In Dr. Moro’s case, the University recognizes that he is engaged in nothing less than the preservation of his nation’s integrity though his steadfast, unbiased application of the law. By addressing the pernicious problems of public corruption in a judicious but diligent way, Dr. Moro has made a marked difference for all Brazilians and for humankind at large in our universal thirst for justice.”
Moro is a federal judge in the southern city of Curitiba who gained international recognition and commendation in recent years for his sentencing of powerful Brazilian politicians and business leaders on corruption charges. Most recently, as part of a four-year investigation of the state-controlled oil company Petrobras, he sentenced former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to nearly 10 years in prison.
Modeling his approach on Italy’s “Clean Hands” corruption investigation of the 1990s, Moro also has played an integral role in the “Banestado” case that led to the prosecution of 97 people on corruption charges, and Operation Farol da Colina, in which the judge called for the preventive arrest of 103 suspects for committing money laundering, tax evasion and other crimes.