Supreme Court President Warns of Bolsonaro's Crime of Responsibility

Supreme Court President says that failing to comply with a court decision, as advocated by the representative, is illegal and intolerable; Pacheco cites 'real crisis' and criticizes 'anti-democratic robberies'

Supreme Court President Luiz Fux made a harsh speech on Wednesday (8) against Jair Bolsonaro's September 7th coup speeches. He said that Bolsonaro's threat to not comply with the judicial decisions of Minister Alexandre de Moraes, if confirmed, is a "liability crime."

"If contempt for judicial decisions occurs at the initiative of the head of any of the Powers, this attitude, in addition to representing an attack on democracy, constitutes a crime of responsibility, to be analyzed by the National Congress," said Fux, at the opening of the plenary session. "No one will close this court. We will keep it standing, with sweat and perseverance," added the president of the Supreme Court.

With the power to order the opening of a process to remove Bolsonaro, the president of the House, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), raised the tone of criticism to the president, spoke of "enough," but sent signs of an attempt at appeasement and did not speak about impeachment—for which there are over a hundred requests filed in the House.

The president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), who suspended the sessions this week, said that Brazil is a country in "real crisis" and criticized Bolsonaro's speech without directly mentioning the name of the president.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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