By Agency Brazil
The Second Panel of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) confirmed, this Tuesday (31), the conviction of Washington Reis (MDB), former mayor of Duque de Caxias (RJ) and candidate for vice governor on the ticket of the current governor. Cláudio Castro, who is running for re-election.
In theory, Reis becomes ineligible with the decision, falling under the Clean Record Law, and may have his candidacy denied by the Electoral Justice. It will be up to the Regional Electoral Court of Rio de Janeiro (TRE-RJ) to assess whether or not he can be a candidate for vice governor. Before the trial in the Supreme Court, the Electoral Public Ministry had already asked that he be denied registration.
Reis was convicted in 2016, by the Second Panel of the STF, for environmental crimes and irregular land subdivision, which took place between 2005 and 2009, in his first term as mayor of Duque de Caxias. The case involves the subdivision of a housing complex and was tried in the Supreme Court because, at the time of the complaint, the politician was a federal deputy.
Reis’ defense filed two motions for clarification against the conviction, the last of which was judged on Tuesday (30), which results in the case being res judicata (when there are no more possible appeals).
The lawyers alleged that the National Council for the Environment (Conama) later revoked resolutions with environmental requirements for high-impact projects close to conservation units. This would nullify the alleged environmental crimes committed, advocates argued.
The case’s rapporteur at the Supreme, Minister Edson Fachin, voted to reject the last embargo. He stated that the issue of Conama’s resolutions was judged at the time of conviction and also in the first appeal, and that the defense only sought to postpone the application of the sentence.
Fachin was followed by Ricardo Lewandowski and Gilmar Mendes. The votes of ministers Nunes Marques and André Mendonça were defeated.