STJ Minister suspends new accusation against Flávio

A new complaint filed by the Public Ministry of Rio de Janeiro (MP-RJ) against senator Flávio Bolsonaro (Patriota) for the scheme of the “cracks” was suspended by Minister João Otávio de Noronha, of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ).

The decision was released this Wednesday (25) in a report on the portal UOL who had access to the minister’s dispatch.

In it, the minister responds to a request from the defense of Fabrício Queiroz, a former advisor to the senator. Queiroz’s lawyers questioned the decision of the Court of Justice of Rio (TJ-RJ) that authorized the resumption of the process, since the complaint is being processed by the Special Body of the TJ-RJ.

The investigation of the “cracks” had been stalled since January. The scheme had been denounced in the TJ-RJ, when Flávio Bolsonaro was accused of getting rich by appropriating salaries of employees in the cabinet while he was state deputy of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj).

With the progress of the investigations, a decision of the 5th Panel of the STJ annulled the breaches of bank and tax secrecy, however, the measure would have invalidated much of the evidence presented by the MP-RJ.

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Based on this STJ decision, the MP-RJ filed another version of the complaint with the TJ. Prosecutors removed 16 items from the prosecution that were invalidated by the STJ and resubmitted only the evidence considered valid.

In the decision released on Wednesday (25), Noronha says that not suspending the criminal action may impose “greater obstacles to its healthy development, causing new nullities that will further disturb an overly complex scenario”, says an excerpt from the order highlighted by the portal G1.

Who is Noronha?

According to the portal UOL, Noronha was the minister responsible for granting house arrest to Fabrício Queiroz last year in a decision on duty during the recess of the Judiciary.

The minister has also been publicly praised by president Jair Bolsonaro (no party), who even said that his relationship with the then president of the STJ was like “love at first sight”.

During André Mendonça’s inauguration at the Ministry of Justice, the president declared that his conversations with Noronha help to form his opinion about the Judiciary.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Mariana Pitasse

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