On Wednesday, April 20, Silveira, a supporter of the president, was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison after threatening ministers of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), demanding the closure of that court and Parliament, and promoting a military intervention.
On Thursday, the far-right president announced on social media his decision to pardon the sanction against his legislator ally.
The decree caused a strong controversy in Brazilian society and opposition parties seek justice to annul the pardon.
The political organization Sustainability Network admitted that the head of State has the constitutional right to grant absolution to a person convicted by the court, but there was a “deviation of purpose.”
Under this scenario, the Rio de Janeiro justice issued an ultimatum so that the administration can explain the decree that granted individual pardon to Silveira.
Such determination, signed by alternate federal judge Carlos Ferreira de Aguiar, is related to a request alleging misuse of purpose in Bolsonaro’s act, according to O Globo newspaper.