Monday, December 11, 2023

The trial continues in Brazil for Bolsonaro’s alleged abuse of power

Bolsonaro is facing an investigation for this arbitrary and bad behavior during the celebration of the Bicentennial of Independence on September 7, 2022.

Currently, three ministers have voted in the case that will go to reserve general Walter Braga Netto, candidate for vice president in the formula of the former president.

Three different opinions were presented on October 26. Two of the magistrates suggested the conviction of the former ruler (2019–2022).

Speaker Benedito Gonçalves voted for the punishment and ineligibility of eight years and the payment of a fine of 425 thousand 600 reais (about 85 thousand dollars) to the far-right politician.

However, Gonçalves refused to condemn Braga Netto as ineligible but agreed to apply a corrective of 212,800 reais (about $42,500).

Raúl Araújo, the second judge to vote, rejected both actions.

The lawyer Floriano Marques, the third to get a position, defended the sentences of Bolsonaro and Braga Netto, who were not eligible for eight years.

He also accompanied Gonçalves on the amount of fines to be imposed.

The ministers discussed whether the former head of state used the official party structure of the Bicentennial of Independence to carry out a campaign activity with the aim of re-electing himself.

On September 7 last year, the then president attended the official parade at the Esplanade of the Ministries in Brasilia and then boarded the sound truck, which was a few meters away, and made an electoral speech.

Bolsonaro later went to Rio de Janeiro and attended a presentation by the Army and Air Force on Copacabana Beach. In the same place, he made a new speech with campaign content.

In his report, Gonçalves considered that the electoral proselytizing crusade was mixed with the use of the public machine.

He pointed out that the incident was a “capture of the civic date,” which would have led to countless damages.

In June, Bolsonaro was sentenced by the TSE to be disqualified for eight years (until 2030) for holding a meeting with foreign ambassadors in July 2022 at the Alvorada Palace (the official residence of the Presidency), where he asked for no evidence—electronic ballot boxes.

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