The Regional Electoral Court of Rio de Janeiro (TRE-RJ) has unanimously decided this Thursday to disqualify the mayor of the Rio de Janeiro capital, Marcelo Crivella, for the next six years, accused of abuse of power.
Crivella, who is running for reelection and has already announced that he will appeal the sanction, has been singled out for having tried to influence officials of the Municipal Urban Cleaning Company (COMLURB), to obtain votes for the candidacy of his son, Marcelo Hodge, to federal deputy.
The lawsuit, filed by the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL) and the Electoral Prosecutor of Rio, has been approved by the TRE-RJ by seven votes in favor and none against. Further, Crivella has also been sentenced to pay a fine of 106,400 reais (about 16,500 euros).
The still mayor of Rio de Janeiro will be able to reverse this situation if any federal instance, be it the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) or the Federal Supreme Court (TSF), accepts the appeal that the defense has already announced that it will present in order to be able to stand in the next elections in 2022.
Crivella has not been the only authority in Rio de Janeiro that you have seen with the state authorities during the last hours, as the Rio de Janeiro Legislative Assembly also unanimously approved the opening of a political trial against the former governor, now removed from office, the conservative Wilson Witzel, after being accused of leading a “sophisticated criminal organization” to divert funds intended to combat the pandemic.