The Advocacy General of the Union (AGU) will no longer defend former President Jair Bolsonaro (PL). He chose to hire private teams of lawyers to defend him in a series of 28 lawsuits. Even though he is no longer in office, he would be entitled to use AGU’s services.
Most of the cases against the former president are being processed by the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and the main ones are under the care of Minister Alexandre de Moraes.
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Cases such as fines for disrespecting health rules in the pandemic, the coup acts on January 8 and the investigation at the request of the CPI of Covid in the senate on Bolsonaro’s conduct during the pandemic will be accompanied by the new lawyers.
The lawyers appointed by the former president are political allies who work in the PL, a party chaired by Valdemar da Costa Neto and to which Bolsonaro is affiliated, and trusted names of Senator Flávio Bolsonaro (PL-RJ), son of the former president.
Bolsonaro’s ally, lawyer Frederick Wasseff will be responsible for a single case: the one that investigates the stab wound against the former president, in 2018, during the presidential elections.
In an interview with the newspaper Folha de S. PauloJair Bolsonaro’s advisor, João Henrique Nascimento, said that the exchange was not motivated by mistrust with the new attorney general of the Union, Jorge Messias.
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“The withdrawal of representation by the AGU is not due to mistrust, since, if that were the case, we would remove all the processes currently under their care. We are only removing some more relevant processes for the general defense strategy, which require closer monitoring” , he stated.
Messias, who is the current head of the AGU, held positions in the Dilma Rousseff government and, after the coup acts on January 8th, asked for the arrest of the then DF Public Security Secretary, Anderson Torres.
Editing: Thalita Pires
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