Governor of Rio de Janeiro definitively removed from office for corruption in pandemic

Wilson Witzel's dismissal confirms that deputy governor Claudio Castro, who is also suspected of corruption, will become governor of Rio de Janeiro until the 2022 elections.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A special court, formed by judges and state legislators, unanimously impeached, on Friday, April 30, the suspended governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, for corruption during the management of the coronavirus pandemic in that Brazilian state.

The decision culminated a long impeachment trial opened in June last year in the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro against Witzel, who was already suspended from office by the Superior Court of Justice (STJ).

The special mixed court in charge of deciding on the impeachment, composed of five regional assemblymen and five court judges, found Witzel guilty of . . .

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