The Regional Electoral Attorney of Rio de Janeiro asked the Electoral Court to challenge the candidacy of the former mayor of Duque de Caxias Washington Reis (MDB) as deputy governor on the ticket of Cláudio Castro (PL), candidate for reelection to the state government .
In December 2016, Reis was convicted by the Second Panel of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) for an environmental crime. Therefore, the Prosecutor’s Office argues that he is ineligible for a crime against the public administration.
The former mayor of Caxias, in Baixada Fluminense, was sentenced to seven years and two months in a semi-open regime, in addition to a fine of 67 minimum wages, for benefiting in 2003 from the sale of land for the construction of a subdivision in Xerém, near to the Tinguá Reserve. Unanimously, five STF ministers considered the transaction irregular.
The Prosecutor’s Office alleges that, with the conviction, Washington Reis would be ineligible for a period of eight years. In 2021, the Justice rejected the defense appeals of the then mayor of Caxias and maintained the conviction.
In court, the Regional Electoral Prosecutor’s Office asked Washington Reis and the “Rio Unido e Mais Forte” coalition, made up of the PL, MDB, União Brasil and PTB parties, among others.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Eduardo Miranda