This Wednesday morning (13), at the Federal Supreme Court (STF), the trial of the first four Bolsonarists involved in the invasion and depredation of the Três Poderes buildings, in Brasília, on January 8 of this year, takes place. The session is being broadcast on TV Justiça.
The first to be tried is Aécio Lúcio Costa Pereira, 51 years old, resident in Diadema (SP), target of Criminal Action (AP) 1060. In addition to him, the trials of Thiago de Assis Mathar, 43 years old, from the city of São José do Rio Preto (SP); Moacir José dos Santos, 52 years old, from Foz do Iguaçu (PR); and Matheus Lima de Carvalho Lázaro, 24 years old, residing in Apucarana (PR). The trial will take place individually, that is, each defendant responds to a specific action. In total, the Supreme Court admitted, in recent months, the opening of cases against 1,395 people.
The trial began with the presentation of the case by the rapporteur, Minister Alexandre de Moraes. The reviewing minister, Kássio Nunes Marques, made no additions. Now, Deputy Attorney General of the Republic Carlos Frederico Santos presents the position of the Federal Public Ministry. Afterwards, he speaks in defense of the defendant. Then, the ministers begin voting, starting with Moraes. Four sessions were reserved to judge the Bolsonaristas.
Understand the charges
Aécio Pereira was arrested in the act while still on the Senate premises. Matheus Lázaro invaded Congress and was arrested near Praça do Buriti, located about five kilometers from Praça dos Três Poderes. Thiago Mathar and Moacir dos Santos were detained at Palácio do Planalto. However, in early August, Moacir dos Santos’ arrest was revoked.
The Strategic Group to Combat Anti-Democratic Acts (GCAA), of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), points to the crimes and crimes of armed criminal association, violent abolition of the democratic rule of law, coup d’état, qualified damage through violence and serious threat and deterioration of listed heritage. If added together, the sentences can reach 30 years in prison.
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In a statement to the Federal Police (PF), Aécio Pereira stated that he did not cause any damage to public property. In a video recorded in the Senate plenary, the defendant sent a message to his colleagues saying: “Friends of Sabesp who didn’t believe it, we are here. Whoever didn’t believe it, I’m here for you too, damn it. Look where I am. On the President’s desk. Vilsão, Roni. We’re fucking here. Marcelão, we’re here, damn it. I will get it right. Do not give up. Take to the streets. Stop the avenues. Support us.”
In turn, Thiago Mathar reported having traveled by bus to Brasília as part of a group of protesters that left Penápolis and passed through Rio Preto. Mathar declared that his intention was to participate in peaceful protests in the federal capital and that he entered the Palácio do Planalto in search of shelter from the conflicts taking place outside.
Moacir dos Santos also denied having vandalized public property. In his statement, he stated that he entered the Palace when he noticed that the doors were already unlocked and there were a considerable number of people inside the building.
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In the same vein, Matheus Lázaro stated that he entered Congress when it was already occupied by protesters. When the police forces began throwing bombs, he claims to have decided to return to the camp in front of the Army headquarters, going up the Eixo Monumental, but ended up being detained by police agents in the Praça do Buriti area, carrying a pocket knife.
Editing: Nicolau Soares