Jewelry: MPF opens procedure to investigate embezzlement – 03/16/2023 – Mônica Bergamo

Jewelry: MPF opens procedure to investigate embezzlement – 03/16/2023 – Mônica Bergamo

The Federal Public Ministry (MPF) opened a procedure to investigate Jair Bolsonaro (PL) and former first lady Michelle Bolsonaro for the crime of embezzlement in the case of jewelry brought from Saudi Arabia, based on a representation made by deputy Luciene Cavalcante ( PSOL-SP). The framework was indicated this week.


The crime occurs when a public official, due to the position he occupies, diverts public goods for his own benefit or that of third parties. Former Minister Bento Albuquerque and former Revenue Secretary Julio Gomes, who handled the jewelry with Bolsonaro by telephone, are also mentioned in the criminal notice received by the agency.


This week, the case was assigned to the Federal District attorney Caio Vaez Dias. He is part of the Special Action Group to Combat Organized Crime (Gaeco) of the MPF in the Federal District. Earlier this year, Vaez Dias participated in efforts after coup leaders were arrested for the attacks that took place in Brasília on January 8.


Author of the representation, deputy Luciene Cavalcante claims that the alleged conduct of Bolsonaro, Michelle, Bento Albuquerque and Gomes to release luxury items are marked by “immorality, unreasonableness and damage to public coffers” and should be investigated.


On Wednesday (15), the TCU (Tribunal de Contas da União) determined that the former president must deliver, within five days, the jewelry he received as a gift from Saudi Arabia and the weapons he brought in 2019 when returning from a trip to the Middle East. The measure was taken unanimously by the six ministers of the court of accounts who voted in the session.


The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), and the Minister of the STF (Federal Supreme Court) Gilmar Mendes participated in a dinner held by the Esfera Brasil group in honor of the Minister of the TCU (Tribunal de Contas da União) Jhonatan of Jesus, who took office this week. The event took place in Brasília, on Tuesday night (14).

Businessman João Camargo, chairman of the Esfera board, STF minister Dias Toffoli, STJ (Superior Court of Justice) minister Luis Felipe Salomão and lawyers Pierpaolo Cruz Bottini and Eduardo Chad were there.


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