Brazil’s Supreme Courtroom is to research former President Jair Bolsonaro’s alleged involvement within the January 8 assaults on authorities buildings within the capital Brasilia.
The court docket’s determination follows a request by Brazil’s public prosecutor workplace, a number of members of which launched a press release Friday describing the occasions of that day – when Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed and destroyed authorities buildings to protest the election of his rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – as “antidemocratic acts.”
“By posting a video on January 10 (two days after the assault) questioning the legality of the 2022 presidential elections, Bolsonaro delivered a public incitement to commit crimes,” the assertion mentioned.
On Tuesday, Bolsonaro shared a Fb video of a girl questioning the victory of Lula da Silva, who defeated Bolsonaro within the October presidential election. The video was then deleted a couple of hours later.
Prosecutors say though the video was posted after the assaults, there’s a “connection” between the content material in Bolsonaro’s video and the violence in Brasilia.
The Supreme Courtroom mentioned Friday it had accepted the general public prosecutor’s request to research Bolsonaro’s alleged involvement.
It additionally accepted the prosecutor’s request to ask Meta to protect the video he posted on Fb, and to research its influence.
Till now, the previous far-right Brazilian president has not been immediately linked to, or concerned in, the investigation into the January 8 occasions.
Individually from the prosecutor’s request and with out referring to any accusation particularly, Bolsonaro’s lawyer, Frederick Wasser, mentioned on Friday the previous president all the time “rejected all unlawful and prison acts…and has all the time been a defender of the Structure and democracy.”
“President Bolsonaro vehemently rejects the acts of vandalism and depredation of public patrimony dedicated by the infiltrators within the protest. He by no means had any connection or participation in these spontaneous social actions carried out by the individuals,” the previous president’s son, Flavio Bolsonaro, mentioned in a press release on Friday.
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