Rio Legislative Assembly Agrees to Open Impeachment Proceedings Against Witzel

Witzel is suspected of being part of a scheme involving embezzlement of funds from the Rio de Janeiro Health Secretariat. The governor ousted by the STJ rejects these allegations.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Wednesday evening, September 23rd, the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (ALERJ) agreed to the opening of impeachment proceedings for a crime of accountability against the governor of Rio, Wilson Witzel by 69 votes to zero. He had already been temporarily removed from the position by an STJ (Federal Superior Court) decision.

Now, the report and the result will be forwarded to the Rio Court of Appeals (TJ/RJ), which will establish the so called Prosecuting Court, with five deputies, five judges chosen by lot and the Chief Judge of the TJ/RJ, Claudio de . . .

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