STJ decides that militancy in the MST does not constitute itself as participation in a criminal organization
On October 10, 2016, the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) judged the habeas corpus of the political prisoners of the MST, who were members of the Agrarian Reform: the geographer Valdir Misnerovicz and the farmer Luiz Batista Borges, imprisoned almost six months ago; and Natalino de Jesus and Diessyka Lorena, exiles.
In the end, the STJ decided by five votes to zero, grant habeas corpus to Valdir Misnerovicz. The ministers evaluated that there is no technical-legal justification for the maintenance of the prison during the process. Rejecting the framework of popular movements in the law of criminal organization.
In view of this, the Movement issues a note on the decision of the STJ and denounces the constructed thesis of criminalization of the MST as a criminal organization by the latifundio backward, which unites the local political power and sectors of the Judiciary in Goiás. "Unanimously, The STJ defined that the militancy in the MST does not constitute itself as participation in a criminal organization, recognizing that fighting is not a crime, "notes the excerpt.
The MST still affirms the continuity of the struggle for the liberation of the political prisoners of the fight for the agrarian reform in Goiás. Both Luiz Batista and Lázaro Pereira are still incarcerated. "The MST's human rights sector will use the STF to obtain habeas corpus in the same case for the farmer Luiz Batista Borges, imprisoned six months ago, and Natalino de Jesus and Diessyka Lorena, who are in exile," he points out.
Check out the full note below.
MST NOTE ON STJ'S JUDGMENT ON THE CASE OF CRIMINALIZATION IN GOIÁS
The MST won an important victory in the face of the wave of criminalization of the policy that advances in the country with the decision of the STJ (Superior Court of Justice) on Tuesday (18/10), to reject the framing of popular movements in the law of organization Criminal
The sixth class of the STJ followed the report of the minister Sebastião Reis, who defended the legitimacy of the popular movements and dismantled the thesis constructed from articulation of the latifundio more backward, local political power and sectors of the Judiciary Power in Goiás.
The STJ unanimously decided that militancy in the MST does not constitute participation in a criminal organization, recognizing that fighting is not a crime. With this, comrade Valdir Misnerovicz has obtained the habeas corpus and will be released, defeating the thesis of the "domain Of the fact "that structured all the accusation.
This decision strengthens the continuity of the struggle for the liberation of political prisoners in the struggle for agrarian reform in Goiás. The MST's human rights sector will use the STF to obtain habeas corpus in the same process for the farmer Luiz Batista Borges, imprisoned six months ago , And Natalino de Jesus and Diessyka Lorena, who are in exile.
We thank the solidarity network formed around the campaign against the criminalization of politics and the liberation of political prisoners, which began in Goiás and is articulated throughout the country. We will intensify the mobilization against the criminalization of the militancy of popular movements, trade unions, Youth, women, blacks, lgbts and parties, until no fighter of the people is arrested.
We will continue the fight against latifundia and in defense of agrarian reform, human rights, social and political rights and democracy. Struggle, build people's land reform!
Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST)
Brasília - Distrito Federal
October 18, 2016