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Brazil: Rousseff decides not to attend impeachment commission

Her defense will be read by José Eduardo Cardozo, former Justice

Published in 06/07/2016 - 12:18

By Agência Brasil Brasília

Brasília - A Comissão Processante do Impeachment ouve o deputado Patrus Ananias, ex-ministro do Desenvolvimento Agrário, como testemunha de defesa de Dilma Rousseff (Wilson Dias/Agência Brasil)

Procedural Impeachment Commission of the SenateWilson Dias/Agência Brasil

The Procedural Impeachment Commission of the Senate hears today (Jul. 6) the suspended President Dilma Rousseff's defense. Her defense will be mounted and read by José Eduardo Cardozo, former Justice Minister under Rousseff's administration, and currently her counsel.

Yesterday (5), she reported in her twitter account that she would not attend the session. "We are analyzing my appearance at the Senate in some other moment," declared the suspended president. She added: "I believe and fight every day for returning [to power]. Not only for my mandate, but for restoring democracy."

This Tuesday (5), the senators heard the defense's and prosecution's expert assistants, who analyzed the expert testimony made by Senate technicians in which acts of suspended President Dilma Rousseff were reported in the decrees, but the technicians had not produced evidences of crime of responsibility in “accounting tricks.”

Next steps

According to the deadlines set by the Procedural Impeachment Commission, from July 7 to July 12, the prosecution will present its final arguments. From July 13 to July 27, it will be the defense's turn to send its final arguments. From this day to August 1, Antonio Anastasia, member of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and in charge of reporting on the proceedings, will prepare the report with the recommendations on the case.

Translated by Amarílis Anchieta

Fonte: Brazil: Rousseff decides not to attend impeachment commission
Edition: Denise Griesinger / Nira Foster

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