The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) of Brazil delivered, last Friday the 22nd, the proposed agreement to a group of ten coup plotters, who participated in the assault on January 8 of this year and who are already accused in an action that It is processed in the Supreme Federal Court (STF) of the country.
To participate in the agreement, which provides for the adoption of alternative measures to serving the sentence, the coup plotters must confess their participation in the camps in front of the Army headquarters, in Brasilia, and in inciting coup acts.
By adhering to the agreement, the defendants agree to delete their accounts on all social networks, pay a fine, provide 300 hours of community service and participate in courses on democracy.
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The fines vary between 5 thousand and 20 thousand reais (approx. 1 thousand to 4 thousand USD) and are distributed according to the economic possibilities of each defendant. If the coup leader chooses to accept an agreement with the PGR, the criminal action he is pursuing before the Supreme Court will be immediately suspended.
If they do not comply with the measures established in the agreement with the PGR, the cases will return to the STF and the coup plotters will be subject to the sanctions imposed by the Court’s magistrates. There is no possibility of recourse in case of breach of the agreement.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, of the 1,125 accused of the crimes of January 8, 301 would be willing to adhere to the agreement. According to the organization, this option will not be offered to the invaders of the Planalto Palace, the STF and the headquarters of the Chamber of Deputies, as they are considered serious crimes.
Marcos Soares Moreira, a coup plotter who participated in the January 8 assault, who had been released on condition of complying with precautionary measures and wearing an electronic anklet, was arrested again last Friday.
Moreira published a video on his social networks attacking the STF magistrates. “I don’t care whether I’m here or in there. But I will never bow down to you, bandits, who have the power of the pen in your hand, but who are bandits. Alexandre de Moraes, Rosa Weber, all of you are bandits, vagabonds “said the coup plotter.
In his order for Moreira’s arrest, magistrate Alexandre de Moraes recalled that he was prohibited from using social networks. “Even being aware of this prohibition and demonstrating total contempt for Justice, the accused published two videos on the social network TikTok, in which he attacked this Court and uttered several insults to the honor of the magistrates that comprise it. In one of publications, calls on protesters to take to the streets, on October 12, 2023, ‘against this absurd agenda that this Justice proposes to vote to liberate the murder and homicide of babies.'”
Editing: Nadini Lopes and Nicolau Soares