The Federal District Attorney’s Office denounced the special advisor for international affairs to the Presidency, Filipe Martins, on charges of the crime of racism.
It was evidenced, according to the Attorney’s Office, that President Jair Bolsonaro’s assistant, when making a gesture identified as racist during a Senate session in March, “acted intentionally and was aware of the content, meaning and illegality”.
Martins will respond according to the racial crimes law for having “practiced and induced discrimination and racial prejudice”.
When defending himself in the file, he stated that he had no intention and that he was just adjusting his suit. THE leaf contacted the Presidency, but there has been no response.
In the piece dated this Tuesday (9), the Federal Public Ministry stated that Martins’ conduct was aggravated by the violation of the functional duty inherent to the public office he holds.
At the end of the process, which will be processed at the 12th Federal Court in Brasília, he may be sentenced to prison —the penalty can reach five years—, to the payment of a minimum fine of R$ 30,000 and to the loss of public service.
The international advisor was caught making the gesture behind the President of the House, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG).
The Attorney General stated that the gesture made by Martins is used by extremist movements linked to the idea of white supremacy, referring to the expression “white power”.
There are three outstretched fingers symbolizing the letter “w”, referring to the word “white” (white). The circle formed represents the letter “p”, for “power”. That is, the symbol is said to symbolize “white power”.
“It is neither credible nor casual that so many symbols linked to extremist groups have been naively employed by the accused over several months in which he occupies a position of power in the structure of the federal public administration, nor that his association with extremist groups and ideas has been a coincidence on so many occasions,” the prosecutors stated in the complaint.
“White supremacy is an inherently racist ideology, because it presupposes and advocates the pre-eminence of white-skinned people over others, particularly over black, Latino and Asian people.”
When giving testimony about the case, he stated that “there was no specific intention [no gesto], as he was actually adjusting his suit”.
He further stated that “there is no symbology linked to any ideological issue nor offensive purpose to anyone” and also cited “that the gesture was involuntary”.