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Brazil: Former Rio de Janeiro governor Witzel urges STF to overturn conviction and return to office

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Former Rio de Janeiro governor Wilson Witzel, removed from office in April amid allegations of corruption, on Tuesday, December 21, petitioned the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to overturn his impeachment and authorize his immediate return to office to complete his term.

The main argument is that the first evidence of the investigation that supported the impeachment process was authorized by Judge Marcelo Bretas, of Rio's 7th Federal Criminal Court, who later plead suspicion to judge the ex-governor.

The defense requests that all evidence and subsequent procedural acts be declared inadmissible, which in practice debunks . . .

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