This Thursday (8th), the Ethics Council of the Chamber of Deputies decided to close the representation against Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP), son of President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party), by declarations about the return of the AI-5 in the Brazil.
The decision was made by 12 votes to 5. The majority followed the draftsman of the preliminary opinion, deputy Igor Timo (Pode-MG), who saw no just cause to admit the process and, therefore, voted for the filing.
The opposition, which disagreed with the opinion, took a separate vote and asked for the rapporteur’s suspicion to be declared.
During the process, Timo was criticized for his proximity to President Bolsonaro. UOL’s report showed that the deputy recorded a video with Bolsonaro thanking the president for passing on funds to his state.
In the alternative opinion, Rede, PSOL, PT and PCdoB state that the rapporteur’s stance compromises the credibility of the opinion presented by the deputy. At the time, in a note sent to UOL, the adviser to Igor Timo stated that the parliamentarian maintained his impartiality and said that the episode did not interfere with the work he does on the council.
In this Thursday’s session, Timo stated that the video was made to publicize resources that were being made available to municipalities in the Jequitinhonha Valley, in Minas Gerais. According to the rapporteur, Bolsonaro was not his first option of voting for president in 2018, but Senator Álvaro Dias (Pode-PR). In the second round, “the option was franchised” and, for this reason, he said, he voted for Bolsonaro.
“My care was exclusively to bring information so that the population was aware that the resources were available,” said Timo, denying any previous relationship with Bolsonaro and saying that the council could not be transformed into a “hunt for parliamentarians.”
In its alternative opinion, the opposition stated that Eduardo Bolsonaro “has, in his modus operandi, statements that offend and threaten the democratic principles that, according to the Federal Constitution, constitute the foundations, objectives and principles of the Republic, referring to one of the saddest periods in Brazilian history. ”
“Accepting this type of conduct repeatedly is a way to legitimize these attitudes.”
Most board members, however, voted in favor of Igor Timo’s opinion. At this Thursday’s meeting, the rapporteur repeated what he had already said on Monday (5) about AI-5 and affirmed that “Brazil does not, at any time, refer to or cite dark times” in its history.
“What would be more damaging to the National Congress, the possibility or the practice of taking action against it? That action would be censorship. This same adventure suggested by the represented, but which can now be practiced by his peers to his disadvantage ”, he criticized.
“If we are here to discuss and fight censorship, it is important that we do not practice against a colleague. When I tell a colleague, I mean everyone ”.
Eduardo Bolsonaro, on the other hand, denied campaigning for the closure of the STF or Congress and criticized the opposition. “Those same people who accuse me of having dictatorial conduct, like President Jair Bolsonaro himself, who never killed a person in his life,” he said.
“Those same people who accuse you of being genocidal are in favor of the Bolshevik revolution [de 1917], celebrate more than 200 years since the birth of Karl Marx and so many other figures, such as Marighella. That we saw in this house, in the National Congress, a session in honor of Carlos Marighella, who made a mini manual of the urban guerrilla, preaching the murder and how to do it, of killing military police and all those who were seen as obstacles to the your conquest of power. “
Eduardo was the target of the council since November 2019 for saying that the result of a hypothetical radicalization of the left would be the return of the AI-5, the act that marked the beginning of the toughest period of the military dictatorship (1964-1985).
The statements were made in an interview with journalist Leda Nagle on October 31 of last year. In the conversation, the deputy said that if Brazil had protests like the ones that occurred at the time in Chile, there would come a time equal to that of the late 1960s, when there were hijackings of planes and authorities during the military dictatorship.
“If the left radicalizes to this point, we will need to have an answer. And the answer, it can be via a new AI-5, via legislation passed through a plebiscite, as it did in Italy. Some answer will have to be given, ”he said, referring to the institutional act that determined the closure of Congress and the suspension of the guarantee of habeas corpus in the country.
Two representations were filed with the council because of the episode: one by Rede, and another signed by PSOL, PT and PC do B – the latter was incorporated into the first.
At the end of February, Eduardo had already had another lawsuit filed by the ethics council. The deputy was accused of offending Congresswoman Joice Hasselmann (PSL-SP) on social media in 2019.