CNJ postpones decision-making on MS judge

CNJ postpones decision-making on MS judge
CNJ postpones decision-making on MS judge

This afternoon, the CNJ postponed, once again, the decision-making in relation to Mato Grosso do Sul judge Geraldo Almeida Santiago. He is the target of an administrative proceeding involving decisions that, according to the complaint, caused millionaire losses to Banco do Brasil.

The case was discussed in this Tuesday’s session (2), when the vote ended up being suspended due to the counselor’s request for a review.

Two other members of the CNJ, Marcello Terto and Marcos Vinicius, had voted for the case to be closed, as they understood that the magistrate’s decisions were not irregular.

Their vote differs from that presented by the rapporteur of the procedure Giovane Olsson, for whom Geraldo Almeida Santiago should be compulsorily retired. Compulsory retirement is the maximum punishment for judges.

The vote will only be completed when councilor Pablo Coutinho returns the files. It was he who requested a view to better assess the cause. This is not the first time the trial has been postponed.

Understand the case

The facts analyzed are from 2010, when he worked as a judge at the 5th Civil Court of Campo Grande. At the time, Banco do Brasil filed an enforcement action, a charge, against hotel business owners.

At the same time, the businesspeople sued the bank in court to review the values ​​of the contract signed between the parties.

Geraldo Almeida Santiago accepted the review. As a result of a series of acts by the magistrate, the bank ended up accumulating debt of more than R$300 billion over these years.

With the favorable decision, businesspeople began to transfer unpaid credits. As there was still an appeal, the money could not be released.

A snowball was then created and many people who received the credits filed new collection actions against the bank.

These actions, according to Public Prosecutor José Adonis Callou de Araújo Sá, had values ​​indicated by the authors themselves and were accepted by the judge even without the final analysis of the process.

For Giovanni Olson, the case’s rapporteur, the then judge’s decisions may have led to a crime against the popular economy because countless third parties in good faith acquired credits of dubious origin and ended up being harmed.

Geraldo is 70 years old and has been in the South Mato Grosso Judiciary since 1988, therefore, 35 years ago. He was promoted to judge in 2017.

The article is in Portuguese


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