The first person accused of the January riot in Brazil is sentenced to 17 years in prison

The Supreme Court of Brazil sentenced this Thursday 17 years in prison the first of the 1,390 accused of the January 8 riot, when a horde of far-right activists attacked the headquarters of the three powers of the nation, eight days after the president’s inauguration Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The guilt of Aécio Lúcio Costa Pereirathe first defendant sitting in the dock, was declared unanimously, although there were discrepancies between the eleven members of the court in relation to the charges and the sentence, finally set at 17 years of imprisonment and proclaimed by the president of the court, Rosa Weber .

The events occurred eight days after the inauguration of Lula, who in the October elections had defeated former president Jair Bolsonaro, who did not recognize that result, as did the extreme right that supports him and that promoted this attack against democracy.

The rapporteur judge, Alexandre de Moraes, accepted the accusations of illicit association, violent abolition of the democratic rule of law, coup d’état, qualified damages and destruction of public property.

The rapporteur suggested a sentence of 17 years in prison, supported by judges Edson Fachin, Luiz Fux, José Dias Toffoli, Carmen Lúcia Rocha, Gilmar Mendes and Rosa Weber. Magistrate Cristiano Zanin, Lula’s former personal lawyer, He asked to reduce the sentence to 15 yearswhile Judge Luís Roberto Barroso placed it at ten years.

The discrepancy was opened by the reviewing judge, Kassio Nunes Marques, who dismissed some of the charges, such as the accusation of a coup d’état, which in his opinion could not be applied since Lula’s overthrow was not consummated. and proposed a sentence of two years and six months. Magistrate André Mendonça ruled in a similar sense, although he still proposed a harsher sentence, of seven years and eleven months.

Both Nunes Marques and Mendonça have a clearly conservative profile and They are the only ones who reached the Supreme Court at the hands of Bolsonaro, who proposed them precisely because of their alignment with his political ideas.

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