Ibaneis Rocha resumes mandate in the DF and says that removal was “necessary”
Governor Ibaneis Rocha (MDB), of the Federal District, resumed his position this Thursday morning (16) after 64 days of removal by order of Minister Alexandre de Moraes, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), due to the acts of 8 January that culminated in the invasion and depredation of the headquarters of the Three Powers in Brasília.
In a statement shortly after the first meeting with Lieutenant Governor Celina Leão (PP), who held the position on an interim basis, Ibaneis said that the removal was “necessary” due to the “period of great difficulty” experienced.
He also said that he has “all the respect for all the authorities, for everything that happened”, and that he received the removal order given by Minister Alexandre de Moraes, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), with a lot of “patience and resilience”.
Ibaneis also said that he isolated himself from politics during the period of removal and that he dedicated himself to living with his family and the employees of his law firm. “These were days of martyrdom, but happy ones”, he added.
At the end of the speech, the reinstated governor stated that he will visit the administrative regions of the Federal District, such as Ceilândia and Gama, to talk to the population. And he thanked Celina Leão for her work while he was away from office.
Ibaneis continues to be investigated by the STF
The removal of Ibaneis Rocha was revoked by Moraes this Wednesday afternoon (15) with the allegation that the governor would not be “seeking to obstruct or harm investigative work, or even destroying evidence”.
Even returning to office, the governor continues to be investigated in the investigation that investigates acts of vandalism in the DF. In the decision, Moraes pointed out that “the precautionary measure may, ex officio or at the request of the parties, be decreed again, if there are reasons that justify it”.
At the time of the removal, the minister said that there was suspicion of collusion and evidence of influence in “serious failures in the performance of public security bodies in the Federal District”.