Federal police seized 14 thousand reais in cash from the governor of Alagoas, Paulo Dantas, in addition to the politician’s cell phone.
The candidate for re-election by the MDB fulfilled commitments in São Paulo and received the agents in a hotel in the south of São Paulo, on Tuesday morning (11). The candidate is supported by the PT candidate for the Presidency, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Dantas was summoned to testify when he returns to the state of origin.
According to the decision of Minister Laurita Vaz, of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), the governor must be removed from freight for 180 days.
That is, he will not be able to resume his term, which ends in December. The vice governor, José Wanderley Neto (MDB) will assume the government.
Paulo Dantas was elected state deputy and reached the governor’s seat in May of this year, in an indirect election, after the removal of former governor Renan Filho, to run for the Senate.
The process runs in secrecy, but CNN found that Dantas has been investigated since August of this year for an alleged scheme to divert public resources from the State to hire ghost employees during his term.
The scheme would have the politician’s sister and wife as beneficiaries , Marina Dutra, who is mayor of Batalha, a city in the Sertão of Alagoas.
Dantas’ removal from freight was one of the precautionary measures determined by the STJ.
Also the seizure of assets and values amounting to R$ 54 million was authorized. According to the court decision, the investigated are prevented from keeping in touch with each other and from attending the public agencies involved in the investigation.
“Operation Edema” is a joint action between the Federal Public Ministry and the Federal Police that aims to investigate the practice of embezzlement of public resources, since 2019, within the scope of the Public Power of the State of Alagoas.
31 search and seizure warrants issued by the courts were fulfilled. Among the addresses visited are the Legislative Assembly of Alagoas and the Palácio República de Palmares, of the government, in Maceió.
The criminal activities of criminal organization, embezzlement, which is the embezzlement of money and money laundering.
CNN has contacted the Legislative Assembly of Alagoas and is awaiting a position. The State Government said that it awaits information to comment.
Paulo Dantas is a candidate for re-election. In the first round, he took the lead against Rodrigo Cunha (União Brasil), winning 46.64% of the votes, against 26.79% of the opponent.
According to the Regional Electoral Court of the State , Dantas remains in the dispute, since, for the Electoral Justice, what counts is the registration of the candidacy, which is routine.
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