The mayor was denounced by Lava Jato for alleged deviations in Petrobras; deputies Aguinaldo Ribeiro and Eduardo da Fonte and senator Ciro Nogueira are also investigated
THE Federal Supreme Court (STF) resumed this Tuesday, 02, the trial of an appeal that could unlock the investigations against the Mayor, Arthur Lira. The case refers to the investigation known as “Quadrilhão do PP“, In which the deputy was denounced by a criminal organization for Car wash for alleged deviations in Petrobras. The complaint against Lira and three other parliamentarians reached the STF in 2019 and, with a tight score, 3 to 2, was received by the second group. If the appeal is denied, the action continues. As a result, Lira would be prohibited from temporarily assuming the presidency of the Republic, since a precedent by the Supreme Court itself established that defendants in criminal proceedings cannot replace the president and vice president. But, according to the deputy’s defense lawyer, Pierpaolo Bottini, this decision is not final. “This, in fact, is an interpretation that the Supreme Court made of the Constitution when discussing the Renan Calheiros case, but he did not finish the judgment on the merits in this matter. That is not what is being debated tomorrow, but it is important to know that this prohibition against the president coming to assume the presidency of the Republic was not a decision taken completely, it is not a final decision of the Supreme Court. ”
With the departure of Minister Celso de Mello, replaced by Kassio Nunes Marques, the appeal will be judged by a new collegiate, also formed by Gilmar Mendes, Cármen Lúcia, Ricardo Lewandowski and Edson Fachin. The defense of Arthur Lira bet on a change in the law, approved in the anti-crime package, according to which complaints based only on the statements of whistle-blowers cannot be accepted by the courts. Lawyer Pierpaolo Bottini says that the charges against the deputy and the others involved took into account only the account of the money changer Alberto Youssef. “Regardless of the composition, this is a very strong argument, it can even lead the rapporteur and Minister Cármen Lúcia to change their position as well,” he said. In addition to the mayor, deputies Aguinaldo Ribeiro and Eduardo da Fonte, and senator Ciro Nogueira, all from the Progressives party, are also targets of the investigation.
* With information from the reporter Caterina Achutti