Thursday, February 29, 2024

Brazilian police launched an operation against Bolsonaro and his former ministers

Agents have already detained Filipe Martins, a former special adviser to Bolsonaro

This Thursday, the Brazilian Federal Police launched an operation against former President Jair Bolsonaro and some of his former ministers, as well as soldiers involved in the January 8, 2023, attack on the headquarters of the three powers of Brasilia, according to the G1 report.

The judge of the Federal Supreme Court, Alexandre de Moraes, authorized the operation. According to Folha de Sao Paulo, agents went to Bolsonaro’s home in Angra dos Reis, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and ordered him to hand over his passport. Since the document was not at home, the police gave him 24 hours to deliver it.

“In compliance with today’s decisions, President Jair Bolsonaro will hand over the passport to the competent authorities,” reported Fabio Wajngarten, Bolsonaro’s lawyer and adviser.

De Moraes also forbade Bolsonaro to have contact with those being investigated in the operation. “I left the government more than a year ago, and I continue to suffer relentless persecution,” Bolsonaro told the aforementioned media.

Among the targets were the former Minister of the Security Cabinet; General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro; the former head of Justice Anderson Torres; General Braga Netto, former Minister of Defense and the Civil House; and Valdemar Costa Neto, president of the Liberal Party (PL), the formation in which Bolsonaro ran in the election.

In total, the police executed 33 search and arrest warrants and four preventive detention orders in nine states. There are also precautionary measures, such as banning contacts between those under investigation, retaining passports, and removing them from public offices.

Agents have detained Filipe Martins, Bolsonaro’s former special adviser; Marcelo Camara and Bernardo Romão Correa Neto, both colonels in the Army; and Major Rafael Martins de Oliveira.

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