PF responds to Covid-19 CPI on Covaxin investigation – Prime Time Zone

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Senators questioned the fact that the corporation heard witnesses on the eve of these people’s appointment to the commission; in a statement, the agency says that ‘the hearing of people who can contribute to the elucidation of the facts is not linked to ongoing investigations into the case’

Edilson Rodrigues/Senate AgencyEmanuela Medrades, who testified this Tuesday, was heard by the PF on Monday, 12

The Federal Police (PF) rebutted, on Tuesday, 13, the statements of the members of the CPI to Covid-19 who questioned the performance of the corporation within the scope of the investigation that investigates whether there were crimes in the purchase of the vaccine Covaxin. At the beginning of today’s session, intended for the testimony of Emanuela Medrades, technical director of Need Medicines, the president of the commission, Omar Aziz | (PSD-AM), complained about the fact that the PF heard witnesses on the eve of these people going to the Senate. “Today’s witness was yesterday [segunda] heard by the PF. Inexplicably, your Maximiano becomes investigated the day before he comes to testify and, inexplicably, our deponent of today is heard the day before he comes to testify,” said Aziz. “I don’t want to make any kind of thinking that there is a movement. Far be it from me to say this about the PF, but it’s strange for me, as for many others here. As tortoises do not climb trees, we cannot understand how these things are done”, he added. The statement was endorsed by the rapporteur, Renan Calheiros (MDB-AL). “We are investigating Precise, specifically Maximiano. He is the one being investigated, and he was not considered investigated due to the decision of this CPI. He began to be investigated 4 months after the facts, by the Federal Police, and this decision forced the STF to grant habeas corpus, giving him the right to remain silent as investigated”, said the emedebista.

The Federal Police states that “it has its own investigative methods and strategies, duly supervised by the Judiciary and recognized nationally and internationally”, adding that “the production of evidence, especially the hearing of people who can contribute to the elucidation of the facts, is not linked to ongoing investigations into the case.” “On the investigation that investigates the possible occurrence of crimes related to the purchase process of the Covaxin vaccine by the Ministry of Health, the Federal Police clarifies: 1. The investigation complies with constitutional and legal provisions, which includes the regular deadline for its conclusion ; 2. The production of evidence, especially the hearing of people who can contribute to the elucidation of the facts, is not linked to other ongoing investigations into the case; 3. The PF has its own investigation methods and strategies, duly supervised by the Judiciary and recognized nationally and internationally; 4. As a State institution, the Federal Police works in an impartial and impartial manner, in search of the real truth of the facts, without persecution or protections of any kind”, says the note in its entirety.

As Young Pan showed, there was already, in the CPI of Covid-19, discomfort in relation to the actions of the Federal Police. According to reports made to the report, lawmakers saw in the movement a maneuver by the Bolsonaro government to disrupt the commission’s work. The inquiry into whether there were crimes in the purchase of Covaxin was opened on June 30, the eve of the testimony of Francisco Maximiano, known as Max. On the same day, Minister Rosa Weber granted the owner of Need Medicines the right to remain silent. As a result, senator Omar Aziz postponed the businessman’s hearing. In the early afternoon of Tuesday, 13, the members of the collegiate decided to bring the owner of Need Medicines to the Senate beforehand to this Wednesday, 14. However, the inquiry should only take place if the testimony of Emanuela Medrades is concluded – in the mornings, she refused to respond, including about her relationship with the company, and the session was suspended. The CPI filed a motion for clarification to the STF to clarify the limits of the habeas corpus granted by Minister Luiz Fux. In the decision of Monday, 12, the magistrate allowed her not to produce evidence against herself, but ordered her to answer about third parties.