After entering the agenda for the third time in this legislature, the City Council of Foz do Iguaçu, west of Paraná, approved this Tuesday (9) the opening of a Processing Commission aimed at investigating the possible practice of “cracking” in the Iguaçu legislature.
Denounced for the second time this year for allegedly withholding part of the salaries of a former advisor, councilor Admilson Passos Galhardo (Republicans) will be investigated by his peers in front of evidence of corruption presented by his former marketing advisorFelipe Menger, and by journalist Ed Queiroz.
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In addition to being accused once again of practicing “cracking”, the parliamentarian will also have to answer for allegedly having sold a position in his cabinet for R$ 30 thousand, still in the 2020 election period, and, after being elected, keeping members of the same family on his staff, including a ghost employee.
Menger and Queiroz take over the 29-page substantiated complaint, filed at the House of Laws last Friday (6th) and which was unanimously approved after a vote in plenary this Tuesday morning.
“It is not a victory for us, but for the society of Iguaçu. It should be noted that this is the first time in the current legislature that a parliamentarian will be investigated for corruption. We thank the parliamentarians who were sensitized. However, we must remain vigilant. accepted. It is essential that we follow the entire course of the process”, highlights journalist Ed Queiroz, one of the authors of the action.
For former advisor Felipe Menger, the approval of the Processing Commission to investigate councilor Galhardo should establish the truth. “It’s not about political persecution. Each point of the complaint is based on what I experienced inside the councilor’s office, and, more than that, with evidence. I hope the investigation is carried out impartially and the truth prevails”, he defended. Among the evidence mentioned by the complainant, there are bank statements that indicate deposits and withdrawals made by the former advisor for the benefit of the parliamentarian.
According to Logan Cardoso, one of the lawyers who signed the complaint, the approval of the Processing Commission would represent that the parliamentarians recognized the evidence of authorship and materiality of the accusations. “From now on, the Prosecution Commission will have up to 90 days to complete the investigations. During this period, the investigated party will be given the opportunity to have ample right to defense and adversarial proceedings. After this period, it will be up to the rapporteur to present his opinion on the cassation or filing”, explained.
How will the process follow?
After receiving the complaint, the parliamentarians themselves, with the exception of the president of the House, Ney Patrício (PSD), and the investigated Galhardo, held a lottery to define the composition of the Commission. Accompanied by representatives of the local press, Edivaldo Alcântara (PTB), Anice Gazzaoui (PL) and João Morales (União) were drawn. Then, the trio defined among themselves that the presidency of the works will fall to the councilor Edivaldo, the rapporteur to Anice, and to the councilor João Morales, the function of member.
In compliance with the rite of Decree 201/2967, the prosecuting Commission will notify the investigated person within five days so that he/she can present his/her defense within ten days. After the deadline, the committee will issue an opinion within five days, giving an opinion on the continuation or shelving of the complaint.
Councilor says suffering persecution
Sought, councilor Galhardo denied the accusations and claimed to be a victim of political persecution. “I’m fine. None of these conclusions is founded. Everyone knows about the work I do in Foz do Iguaçu and the persecution I have been suffering. No wonder, after making my candidacy official as a state deputy, this baseless accusation arises, ”he said.
Source: BdF Paraná
Editing: Lia Bianchini