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BRASILIA: Brazil’s ex-president Jair Bolsonaro, whose relatives are already involved, is now the direct target of justice for his role in the looting of national institutions in Brazil.

Supreme Court judge Alexandre de Moraes announced Friday that he is investigating the far-right former head of state at the request of the state prosecutor’s office to uncover possible instigators of the Jan. 8 violence in the Brazilian capital.

Mr. Bolsonaro, who was narrowly beaten by left-wing candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in October’s presidential election, “publicly incited the commission of a crime” by posting a video on social media “emphasizing the regularity of presidential elections.” 2022 elections,” the prosecution explained in a press release.

This video was released two days after thousands of Bolsonarians occupied the headquarters of the Congress and the Supreme Court, which was later recalled. But, he said, it could provide an “evidential link” that would justify a “global investigation into the actions taken before and after January 8, 2023” by Mr. Bolsonaro.

The former president “never had the slightest connection or involvement with these movements,” his lawyers said in a press release sent to AFP, attributing the violence in Brazil to “infiltrated” elements.

Mr. Bolsonaro, who has been in the United States since late December, was already arrested on Friday during his mandate for lavish spending of 20,000 euros or 10,000 euros in a single payment at a modest restaurant in northern Brazil. at the bakery the day after her son’s wedding.

The president’s credit card statements during his four years in office (2019-2022) have been published on the official website of Lula’s government, which has begun to lift the 100-year secrecy imposed on thousands of official documents by its predecessor.

Draft decree

The opening of the investigation targeting Mr. Bolsonaro follows another revelation related to the reconstruction of the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, involving former Justice Secretary Anderson Torres, who was the subject of the draft order. It was found that could allow the annulment of Lula’s election to the presidency.

The highly compromising document, revealed late Thursday by the daily Folha de S. Paulo, was found during a search of the home of the former minister, who was arrested on charges of “collusion” with executors of violence from Brazil.

“We will wait for him to appear until Monday. If not, next week we will start the procedure to request his extradition,” Lula’s Justice Minister Flavio Dino said on Friday. In office since January 1.

Mr. Torres has repeatedly pleaded not guilty. He is in the United States and has promised to return to Brazil to surrender to authorities without giving an exact date.

A three-page document found at his home called on the federal government to take control of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), which oversees the conduct of the vote, to “ensure the protection and restoration of transparency and ensure regularity.” About the election process for the 2022 presidential elections”.

A measure considered unconstitutional by many lawyers. In practice, the goal would be to annul Lula’s election.

The presidential decree – which never saw the light of day – called for the creation of an “election regulation commission” headed by a majority (8 out of 17) of the members of the Ministry of Defense instead of the TSE.

The document is undated, but Jair Bolsonaro’s name appears at the end, in the space intended for his signature.


“They were preparing a coup while 33 million people were starving,” leftist Senator Randolfe Rodrigues, leader of Lula’s government’s upper house parliamentary bloc, said on Friday.

“This shows that what we saw on January 8 was not an isolated act. (The draft decree) is one of the links in the chain of destruction,” Flavio Dino had already declared on Thursday evening.

Federal police told AFP they could not comment on the ongoing investigation.

Mr Torres said on Twitter on Thursday night that the project was “probably in the pile of documents that should be destroyed in due course” and claimed his statement had been taken out of context.

Although the former minister worked as the head of security of the Federal District of Brazil from January 2, he went on vacation shortly after.

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