Lula and José Dirceu are among politicians who have already offended the Supreme Court and have not been punished
The criticisms of the deputy Daniel Silveira to ministers of Supreme Federal Court they are not isolated acts. In the past, during the governments of the Workers Party, attacks on the Supreme Court occurred through party members and supporters. However, none of them ended up in jail. In 2016, during a conversation with the then president Dilma Rousseff, at the time of his coercive conduct to testify to Federal police, the ex-president Lula said that the STF is totally cowed. “We have a totally cowered Supreme Court, we have a STJ totally cowed. A totally cowed parliament. Only recently have PT and PCdoB started fighting. We have a fucked up House and Senate President. I don’t know how many parliamentarians are threatened. ”
Former Senator Roberto Requião, visiting the camp that accompanied Lula’s arrest in Paraná, also attacked the Brazilian Supreme Court by saying that the institution could only exist if Lula was released. “The squid prison is a screen to hide the delivery of oil, the electrical system, workers’ rights, retirement, Embraer, gives Eletrobrás. It is the end of the social state in Brazil. Either the Supreme orders Lula to be released or the Supreme is no more. With the end of the Supreme Court, National Congress. ” In April 2018, former PT deputy Wadih Damous, who became president of the OAB-RJ, demanded the closure of the STF.
“We have to redesign the Judiciary and the role of the STF. You have to close the STF. We have to create a Constitutional Court with its mandated members. Prevent people like Roberto Barroso have the power to dictate the numbers of the electoral process, popular choice and Brazilian democracy. ” In October of the same year, ex-PT minister José Dirceu issued criticisms and suggested removing the powers of the STF in an interview with a Piauí news portal. “The problem is that the STF, I don’t even know why that name. He had to remove all the powers of the Supreme Court, leave only the Constitutional Court. After the Judiciary is not the power of the Republic. There are only two elected powers that have popular sovereignty: Legislative and Executive. The Judiciary is an organ. ” Despite the pressures, nothing happened to any of them. Such videos and recordings remain public on the internet.
* With information from reporter Fernando Martins