During a session that confirmed the arrest of Daniel Silveira, the president of the Chamber defended that any eventual legislation may be necessary to avoid friction between the Judiciary and the Legislative
The Chamber of Deputies will discuss in the coming days the limits of the call parliamentary immunity. During the session that confirmed the arrest of the deputy Daniel Silveira, the President of the House, Arthur Lira, announced the creation of a commission to analyze the article that deals with the inviolability of mandates. The Federal Constitution says that deputies and senators “are inviolable, civilly and criminally, for any of their opinions, words and votes” and can only be arrested in flagrante delicto for unspeakable crime.
According to Lira, eventual changes in the legislation may be necessary to avoid friction between the Judiciary and the Legislative. “I want to announce the creation of a multi-party commission to propose legislative amendments so that, never again, the Judiciary and the Legislature run the risk of severing the very high level relationship of the two institutions,” he said. In a brief speech, Arthur Lira claimed to be “a defender of the inviolability of exercising parliamentary activity. “But, above all inviolability, there is the inviolability of democracy, no inviolability can be used to violate the most sacred of inviolabilities, that of the democratic regime.”
He considered, however, that Daniel Silveira’s arrest was “a point outside the curve”. “To those who have responsibility, this extreme intervention on parliamentary prerogatives must be what it was, a point outside the curve, under the risk of trivializing excesses that, in the opposite way, would go beyond the reasonable plane and would also orbit the atmosphere of the irresponsibility.” Silveira was arrested and is now under investigation for offending ministers of the Supreme Court.