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STJ decides to reject federalization of the Marielle and Anderson case

by Ace Damon
STJ decides to reject federalization of the Marielle and Anderson case

Brazil

19:00 27.05.2020 (updated 19:02 27.05.2020) Short URL

This Wednesday (27), in Brasília, the Third Section of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) decided not to federalize the investigation that investigates who ordered the murder of city councilor Marielle Franco and driver Anderson Gomes, which took place in Rio de Janeiro in March 2018.

With the determination, the case will remain under the responsibility of the Rio de Janeiro authorities, therefore, not passing to the Federal Police and the Federal Justice, as defended by the alleged executors, the retired military policeman Ronnie Lessa and ex-PM Élcio Vieira de Queiroz, currently in prison.

The request to change the jurisdiction of the case was made last September by the then Attorney General of the Republic Raquel Dodge, who complained about the "inertia" of the investigators of the Rio Homicide Police to investigate the facts.

Contrary to federalization, Marielle's family actively fought to maintain investigations at the state level. Among the reasons alleged for this would be the possibility of an even longer delay in elucidating the crime and the fear of interference by President Jair Bolsonaro in the work of the Federal Police, as denounced by ex-minister Sergio Moro (Justice and Public Security).

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