Minister Alexandre de Moraes, from Supreme Federal Court, decided to ask the CPI to Covid before deciding on a request from the former foreign minister, Ernesto Araújo to suspend the breaches of telephone and telematic confidentiality approved by the collegiate against the former head of Itamaraty. Dispatch given this Friday, 11, gives 48 hours for the senators to present the information.
In addition to Araújo, other allies of the president Jair Bolsonaro and members of the so-called “parallel cabinet” – the group advised the head of the Planalto Palace, encouraging the antivaccine discourse in favor of early treatment with drugs without proven efficacy against the new coronavirus – were targets of investigation approved by Covid’s CPI. The list includes the former Minister of Health Eduardo Pazuello and the special advisor to the Presidency, Filipe Martins.
At least four targets of breaches of confidentiality called the STF to try to suspend the measure. Apart from the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, petitions were sent to the court by the secretary of Labor Management and Health Education, Mayra Pinheiro, known as ‘chloroquine captain’, the secretary of Science, Technology, Innovation and Strategic Inputs Hélio Angotti Neto, writer’s doctor Olavo de Carvalho, known as the “guru of pocketnarism”, and enthusiast of “early treatment” and the former special advisor of the Ministry of Health Zoser Plata Bondim Hardman de Araújo.
In the writ of mandamus presented to the Supreme Court this Friday, Araújo claimed that the justification for the telephone and telematics breaches was ‘very fragile’. “There is no material indication that the former Chancellor has acted in a way that is incompatible with the desire of society and the Federal Government to obtain a vaccine for everyone, as well as to fight, on other fronts, the Covid-19 pandemic,” he noted.