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Judges of Brazil obtained major congressional breakthrough in fighting organized crime.

Brazilian Senator Aloizio Mercadante (PT-SP) promotes bill protecting judges against organized crime.

As a first concrete result of the judicial strike and shutdown of 24 hours of the federal courts, sponsored by the Federal Association of Judges of Brazil (Ajufe), the Senate of Brazil passed – the same day of the event – the supplementary bill that allows the judge decide the formation of an exceptional collegiate (with two other judges) to try cases where he feels threatened by criminal organizations.

Although no one is creating the figure of “faceless courts” as exists in Italy, the president of Ajufe, Gabriel Wedy, believes that “collective decision” to give more security to federal judges, is “a major breakthrough in fighting and transnational organized crime. ”

By doing so, the responsibility of condemning the criminal mafiosi will not reside in one single judge but in three judges.
However, the Federal Association of Judges of Brazil  will try to convince the House of Representatives to approve two measures “also very important,” which appeared in the original design, but were removed by the Senate:

a) an increase in punishment of the crime of conspiracy – that today is imprisonment from one to three years – to a minimum of three and a maximum of 10 years, can be folded in the case of an armed gang, and

b) the creation of a standalone Judicial Police, with the use of existing security officers of the Police Federal.