The Regional Electoral Court of Paraná (TRE-PR) scheduled the trial of the process that could lead to the revocation of the mandate of senator Sergio Moro (União-PR) for February 8th. The date was chosen one day after judge Luciano Falavinha, rapporteur of the case, released the case for trial.
The senator is the target of actions filed by the PT and the PL in the Electoral Court. The parties accuse Moro of abuse of economic power for allegedly carrying out irregular expenses in the pre-campaign period in 2022.
In December last year, the Public Electoral Ministry (MPE) of Paraná defended the revocation of the senator’s mandate. In the prosecutors’ understanding, there was “excessive use of financial resources” in the period leading up to the official electoral campaign, in 2022.
In 2021, Moro was at Podemos and carried out pre-candidacy acts for the Presidency of the Republic. He then left the party and started campaigning for the Senate. According to the accusation, there was an “illicit disadvantage” in favor of other candidates for the position of senator due to the “high financial investments” made before Moro ran for the Senate.
Expenditures of approximately R$2 million were mentioned on Moro’s membership event with Podemos and on hiring video production and consultancies.
In the event of Sergio Moro’s eventual impeachment, an appeal will be made to the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), in Brasília. However, if the possible conviction is maintained, new elections for the Senate must be called in Paraná.
During the process, the senator’s defense denied irregularities and said that the accusations have “political connotations”. For defense, pre-campaign expenses for the Presidency cannot be counted in the campaign for the Senate, since one position is subject to national voting and the other only in Paraná.