The Government appeals to the Supreme Court to prevent the oral questioning of Bolsonaro

The Government appeals to the Supreme Court to prevent the oral questioning of Bolsonaro

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Brasilia, Sep 16 (EFE) .- The Government of Brazil, represented by the General Counsel of the Union (AGU), presented an appeal to the Supreme Court on Wednesday to prevent President Jair Bolsonaro from declaring orally next week for alleged illegal and political interference in the Federal Police.

State attorneys seek to reverse the decision of Supreme Court judge Celso de Mello, who last Friday ruled that the president must be questioned in person, and not in writing, within the case in which he is being investigated together with former minister Sergio Moro .

The Federal Police gave Bolsonaro the option of choosing to testify in person between September 21, 22 or 23 at 2:00 p.m. local time (5:00 p.m. GMT) and reminded him of his right to remain silent or not attend the summons.

The investigation has been pending in the Supreme Court since April and was opened after Moro’s resignation as Justice Minister, known for having led the anti-corruption operation Lava Jato in his time as a judge of first instance in the city of Curitiba.

In his dismissal, Moro publicly accused the far-right leader of “interfering politically”, and illegally, in the Federal Police, an autonomous body that carries out investigations against some of the president’s children.

From there, the Supreme Court authorized the Brazilian Attorney General’s Office to investigate the explosive statements of the former judge to prove their veracity.

Moro gave a statement to the authorities last May and the Federal Police now wants to question the head of state, but in person, and not in writing as requested by the Prosecutor’s Office, to finish their investigations.

Judge Celso de Mello ruled in favor of the Police on the grounds that only those persons who are victims or witnesses can give a written statement, assumptions that do not occur in the case of Bolsonaro, since he is being investigated.

However, the AGU alleged in its appeal that this prerogative to answer the authorities’ questions in writing has already been granted to then-President Michel Temer twice (2016-2018).

In this sense, he asked the high court to apply its own jurisprudence with the current head of State and that the Celso Mello ruling be suspended, and therefore the Police summons, until the eleven Supreme Court magistrates analyze the appeal presented this Wednesday.

If there were sufficient evidence against Bolsonaro, who denies all the accusations, the Prosecutor’s Office could file a complaint against him before the Supreme Court, which would only open a trial if approved by a two-thirds majority of the votes in the Chamber of Deputies (342 out of a total of 513).

Only if that majority were reached, Bolsonaro would be suspended from his post for 180 days, a period in which the Supreme Court would have to carry out the trial, and in case of being found guilty he would be dismissed and the vice president, the general of Hamilton Mourao Army Reserve.

(c) EFE Agency


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