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Former Brazil military officials say former president Bolsonaro called meetings to discuss coup plans

by Derek Andrews
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The Supreme Federal Court docket of Brazil (STF) disclosed Friday the testimonies of two former high-ranking navy officers who mentioned that former president Jair Bolsonaro summoned them to debate a possible coup to stay in energy after dropping the 2022 presidential elections to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The testimonies of Marco Antonio Freire Gomes, former Military commander, and Carlos de Almeida Baptista, Jr., former Air Pressure commander, had been gathered by the Federal Police as a part of Operation Tempus Veritatis, which is investigating 2022 coup makes an attempt. Their disclosure was authorized by Alexandre de Moraes, a justice of the Supreme Federal Court docket, following the dissemination of incomplete information concerning the case.

Freire Gomes informed the Federal Police that in one of many conferences, Bolsonaro knowledgeable the three commanders of the armed forces and his then-defense minister, Paulo Sergio Nogueira, that he needed to create a fee to analyze the certification and legality of the electoral course of. Bolosnaro allegedly mentioned that different instruments may very well be used, equivalent to a state of emergency decree. Freire Gomes acknowledged that he rejected the thought from the start, telling Bolsonaro that such an motion may result in authorized culpability for the then-president.

Baptista additionally informed the federal police that he rejected Bolsonaro’s electoral maneuvers. He added that he believed Normal Freire Gomes’ denunciation was essential in stopping Bolsonaro from making an attempt to overturn the election outcomes. Baptista additionally knowledgeable the Federal Police that Fleet Admiral Almir Garnier, former commander of the Brazilian Navy, mentioned he would put his troopers at Bolsonaro’s disposal.

Following the discharge of the testimonies of Freire Gomes and Baptista, Bolsonaro declared on Saturday that he harbored no concern of going through any trial. Bolsonaro kept away from delving into the specifics of the continued investigations in opposition to him, asserting as a substitute that he was a sufferer of “persecution” by the political left within the nation. Talking at a marketing campaign rally for the mayoral election in Rio de Janeiro, Bolsonaro acknowledged, “I may have chosen to be elsewhere, however I made the deliberate alternative to stay right here, whatever the challenges. I’m ready to confront any trial, offered the judges keep impartiality.”

As a part of Operation Tempus Veritatis, 33 search and seizure warrants, 4 preventive arrest warrants and 48 precautionary measures are being carried out. In early February, Bolsonaro was ordered to give up his passport, stay within the nation and don’t have any contact with any of the opposite people below investigation.

Bolsonaro can also be below investigation by the Supreme Court docket for allegedly inciting his supporters to take energy by power. In November 2022, Bolsonaro’s workforce argued that the digital voting machines had been flawed and that the reported outcomes couldn’t be verified. Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) rejected Bolsonaro’s request to throw out sure votes from digital voting machines, sufficient votes to overturn the result of the presidential election. In response to the alleged fraud, on January 8, 2023, crowds supporting Bolsonaro infiltrated and vandalized the buildings of the Nationwide Congress, the STF and the nation’s presidential palace.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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