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Deltan Dallagnol
Deltan Martinazzo Dallagnol

(1980-01-15) 15 January 1980 (age 42)
Alma mater
OccupationFederal prosecutor (retired)
Known forOperation Car Wash
Political partyPODE (2021–present)[1]
Fernanda Mourão Ribeiro
(m. 2016)

Deltan Martinazzo Dallagnol (born January 15, 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. Dallagnol has been with the Public Ministry since 2003, and specializes in crimes against the national financial system and money laundering.

Operation Car Wash

Main article: Operation Car Wash

Dallagnol was part of the original, Operation Car Wash task force formed in Curitiba in March 2014. In September 2020, Dallagnol announced that he would be leaving as coordinator of the Car Wash prosecution team.[2]

Power Point of Charge

On September 14, 2016, Deltan Dallagnol and part of the Lava Jato team made a Power Point presentation of the summary of the charges against Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, placing him as a "conductor of a criminal orchestra" but without offering a structured complaint of head of the criminal organization.[3] The focal point of the controversy was the alleged statement "we have no proof, but we have conviction," which went viral on social networks as if it had existed.[4] Officials said the prosecution was based on immunity negotiated accusations and the theories of "probabilism" and "explanationism" created and defended by the prosecutor himself to support the evidence-free evidence that remained at the end of the investigations.[5]

Allegations of irregularities

In June 2019, reports published by The Intercept based on a large trove of leaked materials indicated that there were "legally dubious internal discussions" between Dallagnol, in the role of Chief Prosecutor, and lead judge Sergio Moro, resulting in an international furor, due to the alleged politically-based, illegal coordination between the two teams.[6] In November 2019, disciplinary proceedings against Dallagnol led to warnings imposed by the National Council of the Public Prosecution Service (CNMP).[7][8]

Personal life

He holds a law degree from the Federal University of Paraná and a LL.M. from Harvard University in 2013.[9] Dallagnol is a practicing Baptist.[10]


  1. ^ Filardi, Isabela (December 10, 2021). "Deltan Dallagnol oficializa filiação ao Podemos". CNN Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  2. ^ Paraguassu, Lisandra; Brito, Ricardo; Boadle, Anthony (1 September 2020). "Head of Brazil's 'Car Wash' anti-graft task force quits with team's future in doubt". Reuters. Brasilia. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  3. ^ Fishman, Andrew; Martins, Rafael Moro; Demori, Leandro; Santi, Alexandre de; Greenwald, Glenn (2019-06-09). "Breach of Ethics: Exclusive: Leaked Chats Between Brazilian Judge and Prosecutor Who Imprisoned Lula Reveal Prohibited Collaboration and Doubts Over Evidence". The Intercept. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  4. ^ Stephenson, Matthew (2019-06-17). "The Incredible Shrinking Scandal? Further Reflections on the Lava Jato Leaks". GAB | The Global Anticorruption Blog. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  5. ^ "Justice for Lula, peace for Brazil". Instituto Lula. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  6. ^ "Brazil reels at claims judge who jailed Lula collaborated with prosecutors". 10 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Conselho do MP aplica 'advertência' a Deltan Dallagnol por entrevista com críticas ao STF". O Globo (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2019-11-26. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  8. ^ "Conselho do MP abre novo processo disciplinar contra Deltan Dallagnol". O Globo (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2019-12-10. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  9. ^ "Deltan Dallagnol | Harvard University -".
  10. ^ Benevides, Carolina (12 December 2014). "Nova face do MP declara 'guerra contra a impunidade'" (in Portuguese). O Globo. Retrieved 23 May 2018.