The defense of the former director of the Department of Logistics of the Ministry of Health Roberto Ferreira Dias will file a habeas corpus in the Supreme Court to try to overthrow the arrest of the former servant by the Senate Police this Wednesday afternoon, 7th, following an order the president of the CPI of Covid, Omar Aziz (PSD-AM). The senator maintained that Dias committed ‘perjury’ in his testimony to the collegiate, by denying that he had arranged a meeting with military police officer Luiz Paulo Dominguetti, who accused him of asking for bribes to sell vaccines to the government.
Dias can also be released from prison after posting bail. The possibility is being discussed by the CPI top at Covid and the former server can be released even before being taken to the Federal Police.
Dias’ arrest report records that ‘several contradictions were found in the information provided by the committed witness’, noting that despite ‘several opportunities for retraction’, the former director of the Ministry of Health’s Logistics Department ‘consciously chose to not retract any term of your testimony’.
During his hearing at the CPI, Dias said that he met Dominguetti after he appeared at a restaurant in a mall in Brasília where he was having dinner with a friend. In the former director’s version, the meeting had not been scheduled and the PM joined the table because he was accompanied by Marcelo Blanco, a former advisor to the Ministry of Health. The police officer then introduced himself as a representative of the company Davati Medical Supply and said he would like to close a deal with the government to sell 400 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The breach of confidentiality on Dominguetti’s cell phone, however, suggests that the meeting was not by chance, as Dias said, but was previously arranged. In audio messages, released by CNN Brasil, the policeman had already dealt with the meeting two days before. To an interlocutor identified as Rafael, the PM mentioned, on February 23, the meeting, which took place on February 25. “Rafael, how are you? The purchase will happen, ok? We are in the bureaucratic phase. Off the record, so you know, Dias is going to sign, right? It fell into Dias’ lap… And we’ve already talked, right? And on Thursday we have a meeting to finish with the Ministry”. Roberto Dias claims that he met Dominguetti by chance, without having scheduled.
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