The Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, filed a representation on the USP Ethics Committee (University of São Paulo) against Professor Conrado Hübner Mendes, who criticized him for his performance at the head of the PGR. In texts on social media and in his column in Folha de S. Paulo, Mendes called Aras “servant of the president” Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) and accused him of “omission” and “impudence”.
The information was disclosed by the Jota website and confirmed by the Twitter. In the representation, PGR lawyers cite some posts made by the professor on his Twitter account. In one of them, Mendes refers to Aras as “General Pole of the Republic”, criticizing him for the situation in Brazil in the midst of the pandemic.
“The General Post of the Republic is a great guarantor of everything that is happening. Above all, of the neutralization of the control of the Ministry of Health [Ministério da Saúde] in the pandemic. Aras’ omission and impudence are extremely serious “, wrote the professor, who teaches constitutional law.
In another section of the representation, Aras’ defense mentions a column by Conrado Hübner Mendes published on January 26 in Folha, with the title “Aras is Bolsonaro’s anteroom at the International Criminal Court”. In the text, the professor again accuses the PGR of omission, saying that Aras “shows off in the minuscule causes” and “authorizes the chief [Bolsonaro] talking gibberish even if it feeds the spiral of death “.
“In the specific case,” argue the attorney general’s lawyers, “the represented [Mendes] is not limited to promoting criticism through narrative or simply formulating an acid criticism or with a highly negative content, he attributes it to the representative [Aras] the practice of the crime of malfeasance described in art. 319 of the Penal Code “.
O Twitter he contacted Mendes, with the defense of Aras and with the advice of the Attorney General’s Office and is still waiting for the return of the three.
Recently, on Twitter, the USP professor again criticized the PGR, citing a post by a reporter from Jota about the representation sent to the USP Ethics Committee.
“Another episode of the State of Intimidation. By authority that exploded the dignity of the position he holds, against a professor who tries to exercise freedom of criticism. PGR thinks that being called the General Post of the Republic, after 430 thousand deaths, is a crime. I I think that crime is something else “, he defended himself.
In another tweet, published shortly thereafter, Mendes suggests that Aras’ representation is also an attack on academic freedom.
“The public university is a sanctuary for academic freedom. Things like vaccines come from there. And 95% of the country’s research. This democratic heritage is under attack on many fronts. When freedom ends there, it is over,” he said. The professor also retweeted support messages he received on the social network.
After the disclosure of the case, some profiles started to refer to Aras only as “Poste Geral da República”, as a form of protest. Until the last update of this report, around 7:50 pm, the expression appeared in fifth place in the list of most commented subjects on Twitter.