STJ extends ban on removed Rio Governor holding office for another year

Wilson Witzel had been removed from his post as governor since September last year by reason of his impeachment, but could have returned to office by late February. The impeachment trial is still pending.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Federal Superior Court (STJ) unanimously followed the vote of Judge Benedito Gonçalves, rapporteur of the petition requesting the removal of Rio de Janeiro governor Wilson Witzel (PSC), and voted for the maintenance of his ban from holding office for another year. Brazil's second-highest court accepted the Federal Prosecutor's Office (MPF) complaint accusing Witzel of corruption and money laundering.

Witzel had been removed from his post as governor in September last year, because of impeachment proceedings against him. He would have completed the 180 day period by the end of February and . . .

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