Fábio Francisco da Silva (União Brasil) would have promoted his own candidacy through an evangelical broadcaster; becomes ineligible until 2030
The TRE-RJ (Regional Electoral Court of Rio de Janeiro) revoked on Thursday (Feb. 1, 2024), in a plenary session, the diploma of state deputy Fábio Francisco da Silva (União Brasil).
In a unanimous decision, he was convicted of abuse of religious power with economic repercussions in the 2022 elections. According to the decision, Fábio is ineligible until 2030. An appeal can still be made to the TSE (Superior Electoral Court).
The Court understood that Fábio Silva promoted his own candidacy as presenter, director and partner of the Melody Radioan evangelical broadcaster.
In the vehicle, music festivals were publicized in churches, with famous singers from the industry. According to the rapporteur of the case, judge Henrique Carlos Figueira, they were similar to “showmícios”.
The judge said that the then state deputy and candidate for re-election was present at the church pulpit in at least 2 events in the “Cult of Melody” in Campo Grande, a neighborhood in the west of Rio, and in Itaguaí, a municipality in the metropolitan region, both in September 2022.
On these occasions, political speeches and campaign materials were distributed. On social media, the promotion reached 1.5 million followers.
“With the distortion of sanctuary and appropriation as a private space of authority and electoral influence […] abuse of power was typified, given the high repercussion of the facts, the high economic significance of the events and the damage to the equality and opportunity of candidates and the normality and legitimacy of the electoral event”said the rapporteur in the vote.
There was also an understanding that the deputy published false news, that there was a bill in the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro to prohibit “the preaching of the gospel”. For the rapporteur, Fábio da Silva’s performance caused an imbalance in the electoral dispute.
“The jurisprudence of the TSE is consolidated in the sense that the practice of abuse of power by a religious authority, although not legally disciplined, can be sanctioned when the circumstances of the specific case allow the conduct to be classified as one of the positive forms of abuse”said the judge.
With information from Agência Brasil.