Saturday, June 04, 2016

Rousseff's Defense Team to File Petitions to Supreme Court
Source: Xinhua | 2016-06-04 12:02:49 | Editor: huaxia

BRASILIA, May 11, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (Front) takes part in the 4th National Conference of Policy for Women in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, on May 10, 2016. (Xinhua/Joel Rodrigues/FRAMEPHOTO/AGENCIA ESTADO)

BRASILIA, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The defense team for Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff announced Friday that they will file four petitions to the Supreme Federal Court concerning the impeachment process against her.

The head of the defense team, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, said in a press conference that these petitions would be filed to Ricardo Lewandowski, chief justice of the Supreme Federal Court.

The petitions mainly focus on the unfair treatment Rousseff and her supporters received in the impeachment process, including insufficient time for her defense team addressing all the filings against her and appointing a biased Senator as the rapporteur who, supposedly, should be impartial.

According to Cardozo, over 80 separate filings have been lobbied by the Senate against Rousseff but her defense team was only given 10 minutes to address them all.

"I am not good at math but I think we would have around 7 seconds to address each filing," said Cardozo, who was the country's attorney general during Rousseff's time in office.

Another important petition, according Cardozo, is asking the Supreme Federal Court to allow the inclusion of new evidence, including recently leaked recordings made by a former Petrobras executive.

In the recordings, several senators who have been pushing for Rousseff's impeachment seemed to say that doing so is the best way to shut down a high-profile corruption investigation involving members of Brazil's political class.

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