The Federal Supreme Court of Brazil (STF) began today (13) the trial of the first accused of participating in the acts of the January 8 coup.
Nine months after the acts of vandalism against the buildings of the headquarters of the three powers, the court began the trial of the accused Aécio Lúcio Costa Pereira, Thiago de Assis Mathar, Moacir José dos Santos and Matheus Lima de Carvalho Lázaro.
They were arrested on the day of the attacks and face charges of attempted violent overthrow of the Democratic Rule of Law, coup d’état, armed criminal association and damage to public property with the use of incendiary substances. In total, the sentences could add up to 30 years in prison.
Each accused will be tried individually. The session will begin with the report of the rapporteur on criminal actions, Judge Alexandre de Moraes, who will present a summary of each case. The reviewing judge, Nunes Marques, may also comment on the summary of the proceedings.
The highest court of Brazil has scheduled an additional session on Thursday (14) to finish the analysis of the cases if it is not possible to complete the trial today.
Since the beginning of the investigations, 1.3 thousand investigated have become accused. Last month, Moraes allowed the prosecutor’s office to propose non-criminal prosecution agreements for approximately a thousand investigators who camped in front of the Army barracks in Brasilia and who did not participate in the activities of vandalism against public buildings.
Through this type of agreement, those accused of crimes committed without violence or serious threats and with a minimum sentence of four years can confess to the crimes in exchange for alternative prison measures, such as reparation for damage caused, the delivery of illegally obtained. property, pay fines and perform community service.