The unelected president of Brazil, Michel Temer, favors ‘himself’ and the ‘corrupt’ politicians with a recent reform of the Christmas pardon, says a prosecutor.
Deltan Dallagnol, chief prosecutor of Lava Jato, as it is known to the largest anti-corruption investigation in the history of Brazil, today criticized with these words the modification of the norms for the traditional pardon of sentences on the occasion of Christmas.
Temer issued a decree on Friday expanding the categories of prisoners eligible for early release. Among the changes, it eliminates the previous exclusion to all those serving sentences of more than 12 years and, according to the new rules, the duration of the sentence no longer matters: an inmate only needs to have completed 20% of the penalty to qualify, instead of the 25% established by the previous rules.
“It’s a Christmas fair” for the corrupt people with whom, according to Dallagnol, Temer seeks to “end Lava Jato” by granting benefits to those convicted of corruption and thus avoid their delations.
“If Marcelo Odebrecht had known about President Temer’s Christmas pardon, he would never have reached an agreement with the prosecutor!” Dallagnol wrote on Twitter.
The prosecutor affirms that this new model of pardon will favor the minister Eliseu Padilha, chief of cabinet, and Romero Jucá, who presides over the ruling Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB), and will help the early release of former minister Geddel Vieira Lima, prisoner for hiding 16 million dollars in bags stored in an apartment.
According to the head of prosecutors of the anti-corruption megacause, the Brazilian head of state would be preparing a wide-ranging legal alibi. “What Temer is doing is preparing an exit for himself,” denounces Dallagnol.
Temer was accused in the frame of the investigations of this megacause, but the Congress stopped the process against him: it will be resumed in 2019 when he leaves the Presidency of the Republic. That is why Dallagnol believes that “Michel Temer is preparing an exit for politicians (involved) in corruption”, who are his allies, and for himself.