An international group of lawyers is launching an independent review into the prosecution of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva.
It consists of leading law professors who are assessing all of the evidence presented in the files in relation to Lula.
The review will examine whether the prosecution has acted impartially and independently. Its four remits include assessing the evidence presented against Lula, reviewing the actions of the existing prosecution and whether due process of law has been observed.
It will also examine the impact on the trial of media coverage and commentary and will make public its review and recommendations to the Brazilian public
in August 2017.
The law professors taking part are Roberta Bortone from Italy, Günter Frankenberg from Germany and Javier Garcia Oliva from the UK. The international review is managed by an independent Secretary General, Rafael Valim who is based in São Paulo.
The international review was established due to concerns about the alleged lack of the impartiality of the current investigation and prosecution. It will request access to all documentation and will be inviting all interested parties to submit evidence and information.