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Brazil top court spares leading candidate from racism trial

By Associated Press

September 11, 2018 at 6:43 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s top court has narrowly spared a far-right presidential candidate from having to stand trial for racism.

A court panel voted 3-2 on Tuesday to drop a racism accusation against Jair Bolsonaro, who leads polls ahead of October’s elections and was stabbed and injured last week during a campaign event.

Justice Alexandre de Moraes ruled the candidate had the right to voice rude and disrespectful opinions toward blacks in a 2017 speech.

Bolsonaro said at the time that members of rural settlements founded by the descendants of slaves, called “quilombolas,” are “not good even to procreate.”

He also talked about the weight of those slave descendants using a measure that Brazilian farmers apply to animals.

Moraes said those comments did not exceed the limits of his freedom of expression.

CORRECTS MONTH - In this handout photo provided by the National Social Liberal Party press office, presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro poses for a photo while sitting in his hospital room at the Albert Einstein Hospital, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The far-right congressman was stabbed on Thursday during a campaign rally. Bolsonaro, 63, suffered intestinal damage and serious internal bleeding, according to Dr. Luiz Henrique Borsato, one of the surgeons who operated on the candidate. (Flavio Bolsonaro/National Social Liberal Party via AP)

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The Americas

Brazil top court spares leading candidate from racism trial

By Associated Press

September 11, 2018 at 6:43 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s top court has narrowly spared a far-right presidential candidate from having to stand trial for racism.

A court panel voted 3-2 on Tuesday to drop a racism accusation against Jair Bolsonaro, who leads polls ahead of October’s elections and was stabbed and injured last week during a campaign event.

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