The STF minister Nunes Marques summoned the mayor of Belo Horizonte, Alexandre Kalil, on Saturday night (3) of the decision that services and masses are also allowed in the capital of Minas Gerais.
Earlier, Kalil said in his Twitter account that he would follow the decision of the STF plenary session, and against Nunes Marques’ injunction, he would maintain the ban on masses and services this Easter Sunday.
The minister considered the declaration serious and requested that the Attorney General’s Office adopt the appropriate measures against the mayor “in view of the gravity of the public statement by an authority that he does not intend to comply with a decision of this Supreme Federal Court”.
The minister also decided to mobilize the Federal Police if police action is needed to allow churches and temples to function.
In the decision, Nunes Marques says that “in view of the fact that the Mayor of Belo Horizonte’s intention, through his official twitter account, was not widely reported in the media, not to comply with the preliminary decision granted in these records, and the of the Attorney General’s Office giving notice of the same facts, the said authority is informed for immediate knowledge and compliance with that decision, and must clarify, within 24 hours, the measures taken, under penalty of liability, including in the criminal sphere, under the terms of law”.
The minister summoned the Federal Police Superintendence in Minas Gerais “to guarantee compliance with the injunction granted in these records, in case there is any resistance from the municipal authority or its employees to comply with it”.
Nunes Marques released services and masses in the country this Sunday (4), at the request of the National Association of Evangelical Jurists. Despite this, Mayor Alexandre Kalil published that “in Belo Horizonte, we follow the Plenary of the Supreme Federal Court. What matters is the Mayor’s decree. In-person services and masses are prohibited”.
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