The subject of a survey by the Operation Car Wash from Rio de Janeiro, the former governor of Rio de Janeiro Luiz Fernando Pezão (MDB) knocked on the minister’s door Gilmar Mendesof the Federal Supreme Court (STF), to bring down the investigation in its wake. The request was made by the defense of Pezão in a complaint filed with the Court this Wednesday, 22, and already forwarded to Gilmar. The minister is the rapporteur of Lava Jato do Rio proceedings in the STF and has a vast history of annulment of actions by federal judge Marcelo Bretas and the Federal Public Ministry.
Opened by the Federal Police in May 2021, the case investigates an alleged donation of 4 million reais made via slush fund by an earthworks company to the financial committee of Pezão’s campaign in 2014, when he was elected for four years at Palácio Guanabara.
The lawyers of the emedebista, who rose in local politics as deputy to the notorious former governor Sérgio Cabral (MDB), argue that the opening of the investigation is based exclusively on Cabral’s plea bargain, invalidated by a decision of the STF. Thus, they say, the investigation should be shelved. They also maintain that, as these are alleged electoral crimes, the correct forum for processing them is the Electoral Court, in line with the understanding of the Supreme Court.
Thus, the lawyers want the investigation to be suspended and, on the merits, closed. If the minister does not understand this, they ask that the case be sent to the Electoral Court. Pezão is in a hurry for a favorable decision: investigators from the Rio de Janeiro Police Department for the Repression of Corruption and Financial Crimes have scheduled their testimony in this investigation for September 5th.
In an interview with VEJA in early 2020, the first since he had left jail using an electronic anklet, Luiz Fernando Pezão exposed his theory about what motivated his former friend Cabral to report him. With the boss already in prison and he still in the governor’s chair, former federal deputy Marco Antônio Cabral, then his secretary of Sports, would have interceded for his father, pleading for improvements in the facilities of the prison that housed Cabral and, at the time, the former First Lady Adriana Ancelmo. Pezão said he denied the request and attributes it to the trigger for a retaliation.
Benefited from a decision by Marcelo Bretas, the former governor withdrew electronic monitoring in October 2021.