Francisco Maximiano asked the STF not to be forced to appear at the commission or be subject to coercive conduct; hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, 4
A CPI to Covid-19 can request the preventive detention of the owner of the Need Medicines, Francisco Maximiano. According to the senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), vice-chairman of the commission, the parliamentarians “will not hesitate” to formalize the request to the Court, if the entrepreneur fails to give his testimony, scheduled for Wednesday, 4. When returning from work, the collegiate will also will ask for the blocking of the assets of Precise and Global Gestão em Saúde, also linked to the deponent, in the amount of the contract (R$ 1.6 billion) that would be signed by the president’s government Jair Bolsonaro for the acquisition of 20 million doses of Covaxin. The statement comes after Max’s defense, as he is known, asks the minister Rosa Weber, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), that he is not required to appear in the Senate or be subject to coercive conduct. Lawyers say Maximiano left for India on Sunday, 25, to meet with Bharat Biotech, maker of the Indian vaccine.
“We received the news that Mr. Francisco has escaped to India and intends not to be heard by the CPI on Wednesday. I want to recommend to Mr. Francisco Maximiano: come back and attend the CPI immediately, on the day your testimony is scheduled. Evading the country when there is an ongoing investigation is a crime. We will not hesitate to ask for your preventive detention. So, we look forward to seeing you here this week or, at the latest, until Monday [2 de agosto], for you to appear and testify to the CPI on Wednesday”, says Rodrigues in a video released by his press office. As Young Pan showed, Bharat Biotech announced the termination of the contract with Need Medicines, on Friday, 23. In an official statement, the Indian laboratory also stated that documents sent by the Brazilian company to the Ministry of Health are false.
In practice, Maximiano’s defense wants Minister Rosa Weber to review a decision she made in June. At the time, the magistrate understood that the presence of the businessman was mandatory, since the documents presented then did not allow him to be classified as an investigated, but rather as a witness. In the order, Weber also gave the deponent the right to remain silent on questions that could incriminate him, to be assisted by a lawyer and the right “not to suffer physical or moral constraints by members of the commission”. The lawyers, however, write that he is being investigated by the commission, the Federal Police (PF), the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and the Federal Comptroller General (CGU). “It requires the compulsory appearance of the appellant at the session designated for 08.04.2021, at 9:00 am, before the CPI-Pandemia, on an optional basis, in view of its uncontroversial condition of being investigated”, says an excerpt of the appeal .