Brazilian jurists oppose arrest of right-wing deputy Daniel Silveira

The "permanent infraction" argument used by Federal Supreme Court (STF) justice Alexandre de Moraes to order the deputy's arrest is being contested and dividing the legal community.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The arrest in flagrante delicto on Tuesday of deputy Daniel Silveira accused of promoting anti-constitutional ideologies, hate speech against Supreme Court justices and support for the AI-5, has not met with consensus among jurists and criminal attorneys interviewed by Estadão.

The Constitution only permits the arrest of a federal deputy when committing, "in flagrante delicto", a crime where bail is not available. Justice Moraes's order based the arrest on certain unbailable crimes . . .

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