By Fábio Pannunzio, in the Blog do Pannunzio
The Court of Justice of the State of São Paulo will investigate alleged fraud in children adoption cases by cardinals of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Lisbon, Portugal.
The decision was taken by Judge Iberê Dias, Judge of the Justice Tribunal, after learning about the denunciations by the TVI of Portugal and the consortium of international journalists, The Universal Truth.
A source said that “it is taking the necessary steps to deepen the investigations, including the subject of trafficking of other children by the same scheme.”
The initiative of the court was based on the discovery of a false birth certificate, product of a fraudulent declaration to the Registry Office of Biritiba-Mirim, in São Paulo, made by the number 2 of the hierarchy of IURD, Bishop Romualdo Panceiro.
Him and his wife Márcia took one of the three siblings taken without their mother’s authorisation from the Camarate home, in Lisbon, a children’s home that the UCKG maintained in the capital of Portugal. The other two of his siblings were given to the youngest daughter of Bishop Macedo, Viviane Freitas, who after three years gave up on the children. According to the couple’s babysitter, they had been too much hard work and were causing a strain on the couple’s relationship.
Márcia Panceiro even sent a letter reporting frauds in children adoption processes by the UCKG board. But the Portuguese authorities have never been interested in investigating the matter.
The decision of the court is the first Brazilian initiative to investigate what happened to at least nine children who were taken from the Camarate home and adopted by the UCKG bishops and pastors in cases riddled with irregularities.
The first action by the court will be to ask the Registry of Biritiba-Mirim for a list of all declared births without proper proof of the occurrence of a birth, or without the presentation of a Declaration of Live Birth, a document issued by the hospital or the midwife who attended the birth of children. The journalists involved in the investigation believe that this registry office may have been used to “heat up” other fraudulent adoptions.