Federal Police Wanted to Arrest Dilma but Supreme Court Justice Denied Request

Federal Police had requested temporary prison for Dilma because of 2014 political donations


Federal Police called for the temporary jailing of former President Dilma Rousseff (PT) in an inquiry into whether JBS made, at PT's request, R $ 40 million in illicit donations to her allies in the 2014 elections.

The request, however, was denied by Federal Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin.

The information appears in the representation sent to the court, on June 26, by the delegate Bernardo Guidali Amaral.

Former president Dilma Rousseff. (Foto: Lucas Lima/UOL/Folhapress) - UOL/Folhapress

He also requested the temporary arrests of former Minister Guido Mantega, TCU Minister Vital do Rêgo, former Senators Eunício Oliveira (MDB-CE), and Valdir Raupp (MDB-RO) and five more people.

The delegate explained that those investigated, "if kept free," would interfere with the collection of evidence.

In his decision on October 21, Fachin said restricting the freedom of the people under investigation would be an extreme measure.

Dilma called the appellant's arrest request terrifying and maintained that Minister Sergio Moro (Justice), whose portfolio is responsible for the PF, strives to harass opponents.

However, Fachin authorized the former president and other investigators to be summoned to testify, including Senators Renan Calheiros (MDB-AL) and Eduardo Braga (MDB-AM), party leader, and Minister Vital do Rêgo.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

Read the article in the original language