Moraes votes to sentence 12 more defendants to sentences of 12 to 17 years in prison

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The minister of Federal Supreme Court (STF) Alexandre de Moraes, rapporteur of the January 8 cases, voted to convict 12 more defendants. The votes in the Court’s virtual plenary are this Friday, 2nd. The sentences suggested by the minister range from 12 to 17 years in prison.

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The other STF ministers have until February 9 to vote. So far, the Court has sentenced 30 people for the acts of January 8th. In most cases, sentences were between 14 and 17 years.

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The 12 defendants on trial are:

  • Gabriel Lucas Lott Pereira
  • Jorge Luiz dos Santos
  • Juvenal Alves Albuquerque
  • Layton Costa Cândido Nunes
  • Leonardo Silva Alves Grangeiro
  • Lucivaldo Pereira de Castro
  • Manoel Messias Pereira Machado
  • Marcelo Cano
  • Marcos dos Santos Rabelo
  • Robinson Luiz Filemon Pinto Junior
  • Tiago Mendes Romualdo
  • Watlila Sócrates Soares do Nascimento

They are accused by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) of five crimes: criminal association, violent abolition of the Democratic Rule of Law, coup d’état, damage and deterioration of listed property.

STF has already sentenced 30 people for participating in the acts of January 8

Protesters during the invasion of the Three Powers on January 8, 2023 | Photo: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil

Until now, the thesis that the defendants organized themselves for a coup d’état with the aim of preventing President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from governing has prevailed, by a majority among ministers. In total, 30 people were convicted and none were acquitted.

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Ministers Nunes Marques and André Mendonça were defeated. For them, the STF does not have the authority to judge the defendants of January 8th, as none of them have a privileged forum due to the prerogative of their role and the involvement of any politician with a privileged forum for the case to be processed in the Supreme Court has not yet been proven. On the merits, they maintain that there is no evidence of an attempted coup or the abolition of the Democratic Rule of Law.

The defendants’ lawyers claim that there is no evidence against their clients, other than the fact that they were arrested on January 8. There is no video that shows these people in acts of violence or depredation, for example.

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However, for the STF, the fact that it was a mob crime — committed by several people — would prove the people’s actions and make the conviction legal. Lawyer Érica Gorga, for example, disagrees. She explained that, according to the Penal Code, the circumstance of a multitudinous crime can only mitigate the defendant’s situation, and never worsen it. However, the STF goes in the opposite direction.

Read also: Érica Gorga, lawyer: ‘There is no evidence of an attempted coup’, interview published in Edition 199 of Revista Oeste.

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