The Ethics Council of the Rio de Janeiro City Council announced that it will file a complaint with the Police Repression of Computer Crimes (DRCI) about the virtual threats that councilors are receiving from followers of councilor Gabriel Monteiro (PL), investigated for breach of parliamentary decorum.
Next week, the Civil Police will scan the councilors’ offices to find out if bugs have been placed in the premises.
The large number of cyberattacks was the main motivation for councilors to decide to formalize the complaint. according to G1, councilor Teresa Bergher alone said that she had more than 3,000 offensive comments from Monteiro’s followers. The rapporteur of the case, councilman Chico Alencar, said that he received more than 300 threats over the Internet.
On the same day it announced the complaint, the council reported that it heard two more witnesses listed by the councilor’s defense. Expert Leandro Lima and military police officer Bruno Novaes Assumpção, who is escorting the parliamentarian, gave testimonies.
Next Tuesday (14), at 1 pm, advisors Rafael Murmura Angelo and Miquéias Arcenio will be heard. On the 21st, also at 1 pm, Pablo Foligno and the Delegate of the 42nd Police Station, Luis Maurício Armond Campos, will be heard. To finalize the procedural instruction, at the request of the councilor himself, Gabriel Monteiro should be heard by the Ethics Council in June.
The regimental period of 30 days to complete the process ends on June 20th. As there are witnesses to be heard on the 21st, the rapporteur of the case, councilor Chico Alencar (PSOL), announced that he will ask for the extension of the investigations for another 15 days.
“Since the deadlines for the process are suspended during the parliamentary recess, which runs from the 1st to the 31st of July, the forecast is that the council will meet in early August to become aware of the opinion and vote on the final report”, said Alencar to Portal of the Chamber of Rio.
Check out the next steps in the process below:
– Upon completion of the instruction, which has a period of 30 working days, extendable for another 15 days, the rapporteur gives an opinion within five working days, concluding that the representation is valid or that it is archived;
– If the opinion is based on the merits of the complaint, a period of five days is opened for the presentation of final arguments by the defense of the accused;
– The rapporteur’s opinion is submitted to the Ethics Council for deliberation within five working days, being considered approved if it obtains an absolute majority of the votes of its members;
– Once the process in the Council is concluded, with a favorable opinion on the complaint, the process is forwarded to the Board of Directors and included in the Agenda;
– The punishment is decided in an open vote in the Plenary, with the right to speak by the parliamentarians and the defense during the session, decided by two thirds of the councilors (34 votes), in case of cassation; or absolute majority, in case of suspension.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Mariana Pitasse