Rousseff's defense to appeal to Supreme Court to annul impeachment process

The attorney-general will claim that there was a misuse of purpose in

Published in 05/05/2016 - 17:59 By Karine Melo and Carolina Gonçalves report from Agência Brasil - Brasília

Attorney-General José Eduardo Cardozo said he will ask the Supreme Court to annul the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff based on the argument of misuse of purpose in the actions of Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha.

This Thursday (May 5), Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki granted an injunction for Cunha to step aside from office as a lower house member and, consequently, to step aside from his role as the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies.

"The Supreme Court decision is a very important evidence confirming that he misused his position for purposes conflicting with the public interest, as in the impeachment case," said the attorney.

When the impeachment proceedings were under deliberation at the Chamber of Deputies, Cardozo accused Cunha of acting in revenge because the government did not back Cunha's attempt to block the case against him on the Ethics Council of the lower house. "Cunha threatened the president of the Republic with the possibility to initiate the impeachment proceedings if the members of the Workers' Party (PT) did not vote to save him at the Ethics Council. The subject being discussed at the Supreme Court today demonstrates exactly his modus operandi," he noted.

In the report presented Wednesday (May 4) at the Special Committee on impeachment in the Senate, Antonio Anastasia, responsible for producing the report, rejected the argument that Cunha had committed any misuse of purpose.

Translated by Amarílis Anchieta

Fonte: Rousseff's defense to appeal to Supreme Court to annul impeachment process

Edition: Kleber Sampaio / Olga Bardawil

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