Lewandowski accepts witness replacement on the impeachment process

The decision met the defense lawyer's request, José Eduardo Cardozo.
23/08/2016 15h06 - Updated 23/08/2016 15h06
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The President of the Supreme Court (STF), Minister Ricardo Lewandowski, authorized the replacement of one of the witnesses named by the defense away from President Dilma Rousseff in the impeachment process. The decision, taken last night (22), He attended the defense lawyer's request, José Eduardo Cardozo. In place of the former Deputy Executive Secretary of the Civil House Gilson Bittencourt, speak associate professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Ricardo Lodi. Lewandowski serves as president of the Senate to the issues relating to impeachment.

in the decision, Minister also accepted the request made to change the order in which the six witnesses named by the defense will be heard. The economist Luiz Gonzaga Belluzzo will be the first. Soon after, It will be the turn of Professor of Criminal Procedural Law of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) Geraldo Prado, followed by former Minister Nelson Barbosa, the former Secretary of Federal Budget Esther Dweck and Luiz Claudio Costa, former executive secretary of the Ministry of Education. Lodi will be the last to be heard.

The final judgment of Dilma Rousseff is scheduled to start next day 25, on the Senate floor. For the president is finally extinguished, will be required, no minimum, 54 of 81 senators.

If Dilma is definitely away, the interim president takes office and the PT is ineligible for eight years. If the minimum necessary for impeachment is not reached, she takes up the mandate and the process in the Senate is filed.

Source: Agency Brazil

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