The Superior Court of Justice (STJ) decided to keep investor Naji Nahas’ passport withheld until further notice. The decision was taken by the Fourth Panel of the court, which last week analyzed an appeal by the businessman’s defense to release the document.
Lawyers tried to reverse the decision of the Court of Justice of Rio de Janeiro (TJ-RJ) that determined the seizure of the passport, the suspension of the driver’s license and the cancellation of Nahas’ credit cards. They say the measure is disproportionate.
The restrictions were imposed by the Justice of Rio in a process that charges the payment of about R$ 4 million in legal fees to the offices of Sergio Bermudes Advogados and Lobo & Lira. The newsstands defended Bovespa and the extinct Rio de Janeiro Stock Exchange, which won a lawsuit filed by the businessman.
After unsuccessfully trying to seize Nahas’ assets and calling the Federal Revenue Service, the Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice said that he was trying to create obstacles to the execution of the sentence, even though he “offered a high standard of living”, and ordered the passport to be withheld.
By majority vote, the STJ ministers concluded that the restrictions were duly substantiated.
“The patient is evading the payment of a judicial title that became definitive in 2015, almost seven years ago, observed the minister Marco Buzzi. “Regardless of the debtor’s economic situation of patrimonial ostentation, typical measures for satisfaction remained fruitless.”
Nahas was even sued by the São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro stock exchanges, still in the 1990s, on suspicion of operating a fraudulent share purchase scheme. The operations created an artificial surplus of securities, which ended up breaking the Rio de Janeiro stock exchange, incorporated by the Commodities and Futures Exchange (BM&F) in 2002.
WITH THE WORD, NAJI NAHAS
Until the publication of this text, the report contacted the defense of Naji Nahas and was still awaiting a response. The space is open for manifestation.