Minister Alexandre de Moraes, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), maintained the possession of Bolsonarist deputies accused of involvement in the coup acts of January 8. The decision was released this Sunday (29), one day after the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) defended the shelving of the request for suspension of possession, which was made by the Prerogatives Group.
Moraes stated, in his decision, that there is a specific rite for questioning the diplomacy of elected deputies and that the procedural path chosen was not adequate. “At this time, any consequences of the conduct reported in relation to the mandates of the nominated Federal Deputies should be analyzed within the scope of the Ethics Council of the Chamber of Deputies, under the terms of article 55 of the Federal Constitution”, wrote the minister.
According to him, “until the present moment there is no just cause for the initiation of an investigation in relation to the other federal deputies who have graduated and who are not being investigated in the Inquiries instituted in this Supreme Court”.
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On Saturday (28), Deputy Attorney General Carlos Frederico Santos, of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), recommended that the STF archive the request, after Moraes determined the deadline of 24 hours for the PGR to analyze the request. In the document, the sub-prosecutor claimed that the investigation into the conduct of parliamentarians is the responsibility of the Ethics Council of the Chamber of Deputies and that the Federal Constitution provides for immunity to deputies and senators “for any of their opinions, words and votes”.
The request for suspension of the deputies’ inauguration was made by the Prerogativas Group on January 18. The lawyers claimed that the parliamentarians would have encouraged, through posts on social networks, the coup acts of January 8, which culminated in the invasion and depredation of the Planalto Palace, the STF and Congress.
The group of lawyers intended, with the request, to suspend the effects of the diplomation of these parliamentarians, which took place at the end of last year. The deputies mentioned in the request are Nikolas Ferreira (PL-MG), Silvia Waiãpi (PL-AP), Carlos Jordy (PL-RJ), Luiz Ovando (PP-MS), Marcos Pollon (PL-MS), Rodolfo Nogueira (PL -MS), João Henrique Catan (PL-MS), Rafael Tavares (PRTB-MS), André Fernandes (PL-CE), Sargento Rodrigues (PL-MG) and Walber Virgolino (PL-PB).
Editing: Thalita Pires
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