Supreme Court Justice Moraes Orders Arrest of Congressman Daniel Silveira after Attacks on Court Justices

Decision will be submitted to the House which may maintain or overturn order


Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the arrest of congressman Daniel Silveira (PSL-RJ), on Tuesday night (16).

Silveira is the target of two inquiries at court - one investigating anti-democratic acts and the other, fake news. Moraes is the rapporteur for both cases, and the arrest warrant was issued in the fake news investigation.

Silveira published a video attacking the Supreme Court justices. When he was arrested, he returned to social media: "Justice, I want you to know that you are going into an arm wrestling that you cannot win. There is no use trying to shut me up," he said.

BRASILIA, DF, BRASIL, 16-06-2020: Daniel Silveira (PSL-RJ). The arrest warrant was issued in the fake news investigation. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

Moraes' order is a preliminary decision. Therefore, it will be submitted to the other justices. The president of the STF, Justice Luiz Fux, intends to take the case to the plenary on Wednesday (17).

The rapporteur-justice in the STF also decided that YouTube must immediately block the video, or risk a penalty of a daily fine of R$ 100,000.

Moraes also says that Silveira defended "the immediate replacement of all justice [of the STF]" and instigated "the adoption of violent measures against their life and security, in clear affront to democratic, republican principles and the separation of powers".

The bolsonarista is the same one who broke a plaque with the name of councilor Marielle Franco (PSOL), murdered in Rio de Janeiro in 2018.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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