Ricardo Lewandowski: there is no easy solution to organized crime
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva swore in the new Minister of Justice, Ricardo Lewandowski, this Thursday (1st), in a ceremony at Palácio do Planalto. Retired Minister of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Lewandowski replaces Flávio Dino, who was appointed to a seat on the Court.
In a speech during the event, the new minister said that, for the fight against violence in the country to be successful, it needs to go beyond “energetic police action”.
“It goes without saying that the fight against violence, to be successful, needs to go beyond permanent energetic police action, demanding public policies that make it possible to overcome social apartheid that continues to segregate,” he stated.
The issue of public security has gained increasing prominence in the ministry, amid the growth of criminal organizations in the country and episodes of violence generated by disputes between factions, as seen in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia.
The Federal Police, the Federal Highway Police and the National Force are linked to the Ministry of Justice, which has been sent to the states to reinforce security in times of crisis.
In his speech, Lewandowski stated that crime in the country is the result of historical problems and that “there are no easy solutions” to these issues.
Therefore, for the new minister, there is “no point” in toughening sentences or focusing on incarceration to combat the problem. According to Lewandowski, the department’s actions must be focused on public policies, intelligence, and cooperation with states and municipalities to “stifle criminal factions.”
The minister said that he will continue Dino’s work in the department, and pointed out that the fight against organized crime will receive special attention during his management.
“It is our obligation, and the people expect it, that the Ministry of Justice devotes special attention to public security, which alongside health is today one of the biggest concerns of citizens,” said Lewandowski.
“But it is necessary to understand, however, that the violence and criminality that prevail among us are not new problems, they are problems that span centuries of our history, dating back to colonial times, when Indians and black people, forcibly recruited, explored inhospitable backlands and toiled in exhaustion in sugarcane and coffee plantations and in gold, silver and precious stone mines for the benefit of a few”, he added.
In an interview with GloboNewsin January, the new Minister of Justice had already stated that he will focus efforts in the area of public security, and that he intends to invest in intelligence activities and police coordination to combat organized crime.
“Public security will deserve special attention from the Ministry of Justice under my management, which should expand intelligence activities and coordination between the different police authorities of the Union, states and municipalities for a more effective and efficient fight against organized crime”, declared.
With the change in command of the Ministry of Justice, Lewandowski made strategic changes in the department. Some exonerations were published in the early hours of this Thursday, in an edition of the Official Gazette of the Union (DOU).
Check out some exchanges made by Lewandowski:
For the position considered “number 2” in the department, Lewandowski chose jurist and professor Manoel Carlos de Almeida Neto. The appointment has also been published in the DOU.
The edition of the Official Gazette also confirmed the dismissal of Diego Galdino de Araújo, who was deputy executive secretary. The replacement for the position has not yet been announced.
- National Secretariat for Penal Policies
Rafael Velasco Brandani was officially dismissed from the National Secretariat for Penal Policies this Thursday.
The replacement has not yet been named. However, the expectation is that Lewandowski will announce the prosecutor André Garcia for the position. He is currently Secretary of Justice of Espírito Santo.
The governor of Espírito Santo, Renato Casagrande, confirmed the information on a social network.
- National Public Security Secretariat
Also dismissed this Thursday, Francisco Tadeu Barbosa de Alencar is leaving the National Public Security Secretariat. For the position, he will assume the role of Attorney General of São Paulo Mario Luiz Sarrubbo.
- National Secretariat of Justice
A GloboNews found that the position, one of the most important in the ministry, will be occupied by the lawyer Jean Uema. The appointment has not yet been made official.
Among the secretariat’s responsibilities is the coordination of the National Strategy to Combat Corruption and Money Laundering, in partnership with public administration bodies.
Among other names that were dismissed from the Ministry of Justice, according to the Official Gazette of the Union, are:
- Rafaela Vieira Vidigal, chief of staff to the minister.
- Larissa Abdalla Britto, director of Management at the National Public Security Fund.
- Rosemeri Teixeira Barros and Lorena Nascimento Lima, special advisors to the minister.
Among the nominees are:
- Ana Maria Alvarenga Mamede Neve, chief of staff to the minister.
- Marcelo Pimentel de Oliveira and Lílian Manoela Cintra de Melo, special advisors to the minister.
Dino thanked him for the “honor” of holding the post, and Lula stated that the then minister “provided extraordinary service”, in a “very difficult year”.
Discover the trajectory of Ricardo Lewandowski, Lula’s new Minister of Justice
Ricardo Lewandowski was a judge at the São Paulo Court of Justice (TJ-SP) and judge at the state’s Criminal Court.
In 2016, as required by the Constitution, he presided over the impeachment trial of former president Dilma Rousseff in the Senate, as president of the STF.
Lewandowski was also president of the Superior Electoral Court in the 2010 elections, the first in which the Clean Record Law was in force.