Last Updated on December 28, 2022
Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) Justice and Chief Justice of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Alexandre De Moraes, was denounced in the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) on Thursday in a complaint filed by comedians Paulo Victor Souza and Bismark Fogazza.
Fogazza fled the country on December 21st along with independent journalist, Oswaldo Eustáquio, both of whom were persecuted by De Moraes.
The IACHR is based in San Jose, Costa Rica.
“The minister’s acts illegally, outside his duties and limits. He cannot pursue people based on opinion and he has no legal standing to do,” the complaint said.
The comedic pair and whistleblowers alleged that Viviane Barci de Moraes, the wife of Moraes, is a partner of former deputy Gabriel Chalita, who is closely connected to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
During the four-year tenure of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL), Moraes ordered the arrest of numerous people, de-banked the financial accounts of individuals, imposed exorbitant fines, and censored conservative social media profiles.
According to the complaint, Moraes refuses to comply with due legal process and makes decisions without the participation of the Public Prosecutor, “which is unconstitutional.”
The whistleblowers pointed out in the complaint that Moraes ordered the arrest of journalist Oswaldo Eustáquio and imposed censorship on the social media profiles of both Fugazza and Souza “without any offense committed by any of them.”
A journalist for the National File was forced to flee the country under armed escort after he and his bodyguard, a British Texas, received threats to their lives from an unverified English-speaking intelligence agency and had a physical altercation with the U.S. State Department.
“No one’s sure of what’s going to happen. Much evidence of fraud and many instances of unconstitutionality. Many bad things happened, but the system is rigged,” a Brazilian said to The National File.
Current Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, is expected to make a speech on Wednesday at 7:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Stay tuned to National File for more updates on the political unrest in Brazil.