Former House Speaker Cunha's lawyers ask for his release from custody

Former President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha's defense team asked for his release from custody, the request was presented to the Porto Alegre (RS)-based Regional Court on 24 October 2016 (Folha, Jornal do Brasil). Cunha has been in custody since 19 October 2016 by the order of Judge Sergio Moro, who is presiding over the Lava Jato operation. He has been implicated in the Petrobras scandal for laundering bribes through Swiss bank accounts. Pertinent to his current imprisonment, his team of lawyers cited a decision of Supreme Court Minister Teori Zavascki to throw out Attorney-General Rodrigo Janot’s request to imprison Cunha in May. They have argued Moro does not have the power to hold Cunha in preventative custody after such a decision.