The former minister, Jose Dirtz, appealed to the Federal Police (PF), in Curitiba, on Friday night (17) to serve 8 years and 10 months for his second conviction in Operation Lava Eto'o.
He arrived at the PF headquarters around 9:30. On Thursday afternoon (16), federal judge Luis Antonio Bonat ordered the former minister arrested and stated that he would surrender until 4 pm on Friday.
Jose Dirce walks around the federal police in Curitiba
However, he did not comply with the deadline. The defense argued that Dirceu did not meet the set schedule that he traveled by car from Brasilia (where he lives) to Curitiba. When he expressed his willingness to present himself to the PF, he was not considered a refugee after four in the afternoon.
The arrest was set after the Federal District Court of the Fourth Region (TRF-4) unanimously rejected a security appeal calling for the limitation of crimes of passive corruption and money laundering.
Even with the execution of the arrest, the defense of the former minister can still appeal to the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and the Supreme Court (STJ). Lawyers can also try the last resort, called foreclosure, at TRF-4 itself.
Jose Dirce convicted in two cases of Lava operation – Photo: Photo: Dida Sampaio / Estado
At the end of the afternoon, with the deadline set by the judge, the defense filed a petition in the process and reported that Jose Dircio was on his way to Curitiba. In the document, the lawyers voted to present himself later this coming Friday.
He makes it clear, however, that by the distance between Brazil and Curitiba and by bad weather, the convicted person, who left the car at dawn in federal capital, will not be able to reach up to 4. The defense did not inform the arrival time reasonably, but undertook to provide more information As soon as he has a more concrete forecast, "the judge said.
According to the request, Bunat said that it would be up to him to accept the request for a new date to Dirceu surrender. According to the judge, the decision is up to the judge of criminal execution.
"Details of the prisoner's transfer, including the time delay, should be taken to the court, and therefore I will stop examining the defense case."
Dirceu was convicted of corruption and money laundering in 2017 in a lawsuit that investigated accepting bribes in a contract with Apollo Tubulars Company to supply Petrobras pipes between 2009 and 2012.
The former minister was imprisoned in Curitiba between August 2015 and May 2017, in accordance with the first conviction he received in her heart.
STF granted him habeas corpus and the right to wait for the judgment of the resources of this process with electronic ankle monitoring.
In 2018, after the appeals were brought to trial, Dircio returned to prison. He was released again in June 2018 following a ruling by the second panel of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), who thought he should wait until the appeals were judged by the Supreme Court (STJ) on freedom.
In the former case, the former minister was convicted of active corruption, money laundering and criminal organization.
Progress of the second conviction case
- The penalty set in the first instance, in Parana, was 11 years and 3 months;
- On the appeal, Lesson 8 of TRF-4 decided, for the most part, to reduce the time to 8 years and 10 months;
- One of the judges, Victor dos Santos Laos, gave a shorter period of detention, and defense filed an appeal for violations, in the fourth part of the court;
- The first sentence in the fourth chapter rejected the request to reduce the sentence;
- The former minister also tried to cancel or amend the trial, with an appeal to Table 8, which was rejected.