From inside the chain, Glaidson Acacio dos Santos, the “bitcoin pharaoh”, chose a runny party to try to get into politics. Usually associated with Eternal presidential candidate Eymaelo Christian Democracy (DC) joined him on the last day of the party window, April 2, according to the form obtained by VEJA. His idea, who is in preventive detention, is to run for federal deputy for Rio de Janeiro, having as his stronghold the Lagos Region, where demonstrations against his arrest have been held in recent months.
Accused by the Federal Police of commanding a financial pyramid worth billions of reais, the “pharaoh” owns a company that invested in cryptocurrency transactions and promised investors a 10% profit – without the authorization of Organs responsible bodies. Arrested in August of last year as part of Operation Kryptos, Glaidson and 21 other people from the group were indicted for crimes against the financial system, money laundering and reckless or fraudulent management.
To counter the image of a pharaoh, according to interlocutors, the candidacy will present him as a kind of Moses, who freed the people from Egypt. Explained: Glaidson wants to be seen as a liberator from the traditional economic system.
In the Federal Court, there was the blocking of 38 billion reais of the company GAS Consultoria and of his own accounts. The superlative amount has been moved since 2015. Today, 288 people sue the pharaoh in the Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice, according to a survey by VEJA, and 289 the company.
While the Federal blocked the amount, the state court accepted another weighty accusation: the pharaoh became a defendant accused of ordering the death of investor Wesley Pessano, five months earlier, in São Pedro da Aldeia, in the Lagos Region. The goal would be to eliminate competition in the cryptocurrency business. In addition to the dead man, there is also a complaint for the attempted murder of another competitor – who survived, but was left blind and paraplegic.
“Glaidson dos Santos’ defense informs that he was not convicted in any instance and has been in prison for another 200 days on preventive detention ordered as a precautionary measure, without any sentence, therefore. The defense is certain that the allegations made so far against Glaidson are a compilation of fragile elements, without evidence and that will not stand up when and if they are faced with the broad adversary”, reads the note sent by the defendant’s team.
As the former pastor of the Universal Church has no conviction, there are currently no obstacles to his eventual candidacy. “He has expressed an interest in coming to DC and our legal department has looked into the situation. As it is not a dirty record, we have no reason to stop it”, says the party’s secretary general, Rubens Pavão. “We are Eymael’s party, one of the largest constituents. We have to enforce the Constitution.”
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