The move takes place in response to the decision by Emanuela Medrades, the company’s technical director, to refuse to answer questions at the session this Tuesday, 13
In the wake of the silence of Emanuela Medrades, technical director of Need Medicines, the top of CPI to Covid-19 decided to bring forward to this Wednesday, the 14th, the testimony of Francisco Maximiano, known as Max, owner of the company. In the hearing on Tuesday, 13, Emanuela refused to answer questions from the senators and the session was suspended by the chairman of the commission, Omar Aziz | (PSD-AM), which sent an official letter to the Supreme Court (STF) asking the minister Luiz Fux, President of the Court, clarify whether the deponent committed the crime of perjury. “I consult Your Excellency, with due urgency, regarding the state of flagrancy of the offense referred to in art. 4, II, of Law No. 1.79/1952, with art. 342 of the Penal Code, which establishes the crime of perjury, or even the crime of disobedience”, says an excerpt of the document. The collegiate calendar foresaw for this Wednesday the testimony of the Reverend Amilton Gomes de Paula, who presented a medical certificate and asked to be excused due to a kidney crisis. He was responsible for opening the doors of the Ministry of Health for representatives of Davati Medical Supply to make a bid for 400 million doses of AstraZeneca to the federal government. “Our wish, since she [Emanuela] he doesn’t want to talk, it’s just that Mr. Francisco Maximiano comes tomorrow,” said the senator Humberto Costa (PT-PE).
The senators also want the STF to establish for Maximiano the same scope of habeas corpus granted to Emanuela Medrades. In the decision this Monday, 12th, Minister Luiz Fux granted the director of Necessidade Medications the right to remain silent so as not to produce evidence against herself, but ordered her to respond to facts involving third parties. “It is not justified that the extension of the habeas corpus that was given to her is different from that given to Mr. Francisco Maximiano. In his case, it has a much broader coverage”, explained Humberto Costa. On June 30, Minister Rosa Weber gave the owner of Necessidade the right to remain silent whenever he wishes, in addition to “not suffering physical or moral constraints”. Even when asked about her link with the company, Emanuela remained silent. “For us, it was very clear that the role of the defense is not to protect it. It’s protecting Francisco Maximiano. The lawyers instructed her to disobey what is provided for in the Supreme Court’s decision”, added the PT senator. During the session, senator Fabiano Contarato (Rede-ES) said that Emanuela Medrades could be framed in the crime of disobedience to a public official’s legal order, provided for in article 330 of the Penal Code, which provides for detention of fifteen days to six months , and fine. Need Medicines was targeted by Covid-19’s CPI due to the complaint filed by brothers Luis Ricardo Miranda, head of Imports at the Ministry of Health, and Luis Miranda (DEM-DF), federal deputy. Among the irregularities pointed out was the forecast of an advance payment of US$ 45 million to Madison Biotech, offshore Singapore, which was not included in the contract signed between the government of President Jair Bolsonaro and Bharat Biotech, manufacturer of Covaxin.