Prosecutor Aras Infers Armed Forces May Act If One Power ‘Invades’ Another, Then Recants

Federal Prosecutor General Aras's interpretation of Article 142 of the Constitution so surprised STF Justices and legal scholars that he subsequently backtracked and published an explanatory note.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An excerpt from Federal Prosecutor General (PGR) Augusto Aras's interview with TV presenter Pedro Bial has shocked Federal Supreme Court (STF) justices and legal scholars. In the interview, Aras stated that a governmental Power - Executive, Legislative or Judicial - that invades the jurisdiction of another Power could trigger an intervention by the Armed Forces.

The immediate reaction to the statement was so critical that a few hours later, Aras was forced to backtrack and publish an explanatory note on the site of the Public Prosecutor's Office.

Aras is interpreting Article 142 of the Constitution, which . . .

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