Court Forms Majority to Make Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Ineligible in Rio’s City Elections

The TRE-RJ (Regional Electoral Court of Rio de Janeiro) voted in a majority on Monday (21) to potentially make Mayor Marcelo Crivella (Republicans) ineligible for alleged abuse of power in summoning employees of the municipal urban cleaning company to participate in a political act in the 2018 election.

If convicted, Crivella would be ineligible for eight years from the fact, that is, until 2026. He is running for re-election and could keep running until all resources are exhausted.

RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ, – Marcelo Crivella with Jair Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro. (Foto: Celso Pupo/Fotoarena/Folhapress)

Of the seven members of the court, six voted to condemn the mayor. The session was interrupted at the request of Vitor Marcelo, who joined the court as a lawyer and asked for a view. This should leave the conclusion of the trial for this Thursday (24).

In a statement, the city said the trial was not over. “After the decision is concluded and published, within the legal term, the defense of Mayor Marcelo Crivella will appeal. The mayor may participate in the election.”

In September 2018, employees of Comlurb (a municipal urban cleaning company) were transported in official cars to a meeting at the Estácio de Sá samba school.

At the meeting, Marcelo Hodge Crivella was presented by his father as a pre-candidate. “I couldn’t help but come humbly to ask you. It’s not the mayor who’s asking, nor is Marcelinho’s father. He’s a carioca,” said the mayor.

Despite his father’s efforts, Marcelo Hodge Crivella was unable to be elected federal deputy.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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