by Ricardo Brito
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Justice Rosa Weber, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), rejected a request by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to wait for the end of Covid’s CPI to rule on the request filed by opposition senators to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro for malfeasance due to the episode involving the purchase of vaccines against Covid-19 Covaxin.
For the STF minister, the PGR does not act in a conditioned manner when it is provoked, that is, it does not need to wait for the conclusion of the CPI to manifest itself. He also highlighted that, by considering its performance early, the agency “discharged its constitutional role” in the counting system.
“At first, I register that the ‘bouncy’ argument does not prosper,” he said.
“There is no provision in the constitutional text or in the governing legislation providing for the temporary suspension of investigative procedures related to the object of the CPI. Therefore, the forecast that the conclusions of the parliamentary work should be sent to the control bodies does not limit, in any way, its independent and autonomous action”, said the minister.
“The exercise of public power, I repeat, is conditional. And in the design of the attributions of the Public Ministry, the role of spectator of the actions of the Powers of the Republic is not foreseen”, added the minister in her decision.
On Monday, the vice president of the CPI, Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), and two other senators presented a criminal report to the STF to investigate Bolsonaro for malfeasance in the case of the Indian vaccine. They argue that he, after being informed of alleged irregularities, did not take steps to prevent them.
The government denied irregularities and said that the president sent the case for analysis by the then minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, who found nothing.
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