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Brazil’s Supreme Court to investigate Bolsonaro in anti Lula riots

Brazil’s Supreme Court to investigate Bolsonaro in anti Lula riots

Brazil’s Supreme Court to investigate Bolsonaro in anti Lula riots

Brazil’s Supreme Court to investigate Bolsonaro in anti Lula riots

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  • Bolsonaro offered a public invitation to commit crimes.
  • Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed and destroyed government buildings in protest.
  • court’s decision came in response to a request from Brazil’s public prosecutor’s office.
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The Supreme Court of Brazil will investigate former President Jair Bolsonaro’s alleged involvement in the January 8 attacks on federal facilities in Brasilia.

The court’s decision came in response to a request from Brazil’s public prosecutor’s office, several members of which issued a statement Friday describing the events of that day – when Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed and destroyed government buildings in protest of his rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s election – as “anti-democratic acts.”

“By broadcasting a video questioning the validity of the 2022 presidential elections on January 10 (two days after the attack), Bolsonaro offered a public invitation to commit crimes,” the statement added.

On Tuesday, Bolsonaro posted a Facebook video of a woman disputing Lula da Silva’s victory in the October presidential election. A few hours later, the video was removed.

Prosecutors claim that, even though the video was posted after the attacks, there is a “connection” between the content of Bolsonaro’s video and the violence in Brasilia.

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The Supreme Court announced Friday that it had agreed to probe Bolsonaro’s suspected involvement.

It also granted the prosecutor’s request that Meta keeps and analyzes the impact of the video he shared on Facebook.

Until today, the previous far-right Brazilian president has not been explicitly tied to or participated in the inquiry into the events of January 8.

Bolsonaro’s lawyer, Frederick Wasser, said on Friday the former president always “rejected all illegal and criminal acts…and has always been a defender of the Constitution and democracy.”

“President Bolsonaro fiercely criticizes the actions of damage and depredation of public assets performed by the infiltrators in the protest. “He had no link or participation in these spontaneous social actions carried out by the people,” said the former president’s son, Flavio Bolsonaro, in a statement on Friday.

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