Sunday, October 1, 2023

Brazil’s Supreme Court sentences third defendant to 17 years in prison for coup plot

The Federal Supreme Court (STF) on Thursday (14) sentenced Matheus Lima de Carvalho Lázaro, the third person accused of the events of the January 8 coup, to 17 years in prison.

It was also decided that the convict must pay together with other people under investigation in the amount of R$ 30 million in compensation for their participation in the destruction of the headquarters of the Three Powers.

Matheus is a resident of Apucarana (PR) and was detained at Esplanade of Ministries on the day of the attacks, carrying a pocket knife after leaving the National Congress. According to the investigations, in messages sent to family members during the events he defended military intervention so that the Army would take power.

Based on the vote of the rapporteur, Alexandre de Moraes, the majority of ministers confirmed that the accused committed the crimes of armed criminal association, violent suppression of the democratic rule of law, attempted coup d’état, damage qualified by violence and severe. threat and deterioration of recorded heritage.


During the trial, the lawyer Larissa Lopes de Araújo, representative of the defendant, cried when presenting her argument and accused the Supreme Court of not respecting the Constitution.

The lawyer said that Matheus did not participate in the depredation and stated that the images from the security cameras showed the accused in remote points of the Esplanade in less than five minutes of footage.

“When did Matheus enter three buildings and destroy them all? Tell me! In five minutes? If he was superman,” he said.

Earlier, the STF convicted two other accused in five crimes. Aécio Pereira, who was arrested on the floor of the Senate, was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Thiago Mathar, who was imprisoned inside the Planalto Palace, received a 14-year sentence.

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