Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted on Aug. 11 to expel a prominent Evangelical lawmaker over her alleged role in her husband’s murder.
The Congress ousted Flordelis dos Santos de Souza, a famed gospel singer and pastor who became a politician, with 437 votes in favor, seven votes against, and 12 abstentions for “conduct incompatible with parliamentary decorum.”
Souza has always maintained she was innocent and told the Congress after the vote, “When the court absolves me, you will regret condemning a person who has not yet been tried.”
The vote came nearly a year after prosecutors brought the murder charges against Souza, who remained free because of her parliamentary immunity under Brazil’s constitution, which extends to alleged crimes committed outside of her official duties.
Although, Souza has been wearing an electronic ankle bracelet since she was charged with “orchestrating the homicide, enlisting [several of her grown children] to take part in the crime, and attempting to disguise it as an armed robbery.”
The vote to oust her now opens the door for her potential arrest.
Souza’s husband, Anderson de Carma, was shot 30 times at their home in Rio de Janeiro in June 2019 and Souza claimed robbers killed him.
However, prosecutors accused Souza, 60, of ordering her biological son, Flavio dos Santos Rodrigues, to kill her husband using a gun purchased by Lucas Cesar dos Santos, one of her dozens of adopted children.
Authorities arrested Souza’s two sons, five more of her children, and one of her grandchildren in connection with the murder.
According to prosecutors, the suspected motive was to take control of the family’s and her business’ finances from De Carma, who reportedly managed all the revenues from Souza’s church with “rigorous control.”
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