After Prison Will Brasília’s Ex-Governor Go on Trial?

    José Roberto Arruda and wife

    José Roberto Arruda and wife After two months in prison, the ex-governor of Brasília is again a free man. By a vote of 8 to 5, Brazil’s federal appellate court (Superior Tribunal de Justiça – STJ) decided to release the former governor of the Federal District, José Roberto Arruda, from the privileged accommodations he has been incarcerated in since February 11.

    The privileged accommodations, standard for elected officials in Brazil, consisted of rooms in the Federal Police headquarters, rather than a cell in the federal prison, Papuda.

    In its decision the court said that having been removed from office, the former governor could no longer hinder or obstruct the investigations into corruption in the Federal District.
    When Arruda drove away there was cheering and jeering in favor and against him by demonstrators.

    Arruda, of course, still faces criminal charges (the case is known as “Inquiry #650”). And what happens next could be the real test of the Brazilian judicial system.

    The arrest of a sitting governor was unprecedented and assuaged the anger many feel about politicians in general and the generalized frustration with the judicial system.

    But it was exceptional. Will Arruda ever go on trial? A real trial where he is formally charged, faces his accusers and a judge, and is able to defend himself? All that remains to be seen.

    ABr

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (1)

    • Brasilia

      Doubtful
      One would think a corrupt politician would be charged and put on trial, so that all of his misdeeds are laid out and he can be properly punished. I think he’ll never stand trial, if he did, what would prevent him from taking down those who had a hand in this as well? If the governor is filthy, that means those below him are as well, plus some above in the federal government. I wonder if they’ll take the risk, a trial like this could get out of hand very quickly in terms of exposing the depth of corruption. Distrito Federal could end up with no one left in power. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds. 😮

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    Bus and Education Push Brazilian Inflation Up

    Brazil’s Broad Consumer Price Index (IPCA) rose 0.41% in February, less than the 0.59% ...

    Nísio Gomes

    Dozens of Brazilian Indians Take Over Camp after a Chief Is Killed by Masked Men

    Brazil’s Federal Police are investigating the attack on Indians occurred in Mato Grosso do ...

    Brazil Accuses US of Trampling on Women’s Rights

    Basic female rights, recognized for many years, remain a bone of contention among governments, ...

    Industry Leaders Hand Lula Minimal Agenda to Avoid Brazil’s Paralysis

    Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry (CNI) delivered a proposal it calls a “minimal work ...

    Brazilian Federal Police agent's badge

    Brazil Has Two Polices: One Shines, the Other Puts the Country to Shame

    On Sunday, May 27, nine people remained from the 48 arrested during Operação Navalha ...

    Brazil map covered with credit cards

    Use of Credit Card in Brazil Jumps 25% to US$ 50 Billion

    Brazilians are using credit cards more often. Purchases made using plastic money in Brazil ...

    Chewing gun

    Brazil Publishes List of 222 Products for Retaliation Against the US

    The Brazilian government is getting ready to retaliate against the United States for the ...

    Brazil to Spend US$ 60 Billion in Ten-Year Energy Plan

    A Ten-Year Plan for the Electricity Sector, which has just been released by the ...

    Candombé ceremony in Brazil

    In Brazil You Dance to Play and You Dance to Pray

    There are few countries around the world in which dance takes a center stage ...

    Brazil: UN Has Project to Rescue the Amazon

    With the environment of the Amazon Basin increasingly under siege from deforestation, mining, urbanization ...