Bolsonaro gives up testifying and asks for the conclusion of an...

The decision was informed to the Federal Supreme Court (STF) by the Attorney General’s Office (AGU) on Thursday (26). The investigation has been paralyzed since September 17 due to the uncertainty about the testimony of the President of the Republic.

On September 17, Minister Marco Aurélio Mello suspended the investigation and decided that it would be up to the Supreme Court to decide whether Bolsonaro could send a written statement or, if he preferred, choose the day to be heard. But the issue did not return to the court’s agenda.

The government was trying to authorize Bolsonaro to give written testimony, instead of appearing in person, as retired minister Celso de Mello had determined. Now, the AGU has informed the court that the president has given up testifying and that the investigation may be resumed.

In the document sent to the STF, the AGU informs the desire to “decline from means of defense that were provided only through face-to-face not referred to office “.

The AGU also says that “it requests ready forwarding of the records to the Federal Police for the preparation of a final report to be submitted, a continuous act, still within the current extension, to the Federal Public Ministry”.

This request from the AGU on the conclusion of the investigations will be analyzed by Minister Alexandre de Moraes, rapporteur of the case since October.

As investigated, Bolsonaro has the prerogative to remain silent in the event of a deposition. Even if the Federal Police sets a date, Bolsonaro may miss appointment without being punished. In 2018, the STF prohibited the so-called “coercive driving”, when the investigated or defendant was required to testify.

The president’s hearing is identified as one of the last measures for the outcome of the investigations.

The opening of the investigation was authorized in late April and is based on the complaint made by former Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who resigned alleging Bolsonaro’s alleged attempt to interfere with the Federal Police to protect family members and allies.

Bolsonaro’s testimony was requested by the PF and authorized by the STF; remember

At the time the rapporteur of the case at the STF, Minister Celso de Mello determined on September 11 that President Jair Bolsonaro should give face-to-face testimony in the investigation into alleged interference with the PF.

The minister also denied that the responses were submitted in writing. As investigated, Bolsonaro would have to attend the Federal Police schedule – but with the right to remain silent.

The rapporteur further determined that Moro’s defense could accompany the interrogation and ask questions of the president. AGU appealed and, in plenary, the trial was only open to the vote of Minister Celso de Mello himself, who retired the following week.

Celso de Mello votes in favor of Bolsonaro's face-to-face testimony to the PF

Celso de Mello votes in favor of Bolsonaro’s face-to-face testimony to the PF


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