Bolsonaro targeted by federal investigation, forced to surrender passport
Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is under federal investigation—overseen by the country’s Supreme Court—for a series of alleged transgressions. The most prominent is the alleged January 8, 2023 coup attempt in which his supporters stormed the National Congress in Brasilia. In addition to the more than 1,400 individuals already charged for their alleged direct participation in the day’s events, search and arrest warrants have now been announced for four senior members of the Bolsonaro government, including two Army officers and two of Bolsonaro’s “former top aides.” Bolsonaro himself has been formally made a target of investigation and was told yesterday that he has 24 hours to surrender his passport to the authorities. (New York Times, BBC, Washington Post)
Bolsonaro is also under investigation for alleged illegal spying during his administration. This week, the Brazilian Federal Police raided the home and office of his son, Carlos Bolsonaro, in addition to other Bolsonaro-linked properties. “The investigation revolves around allegations that a parallel structure operated within the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN) during Bolsonaro's presidency. This clandestine group is suspected of using agency resources to illegally monitor political opponents, journalists, and other perceived threats to the Bolsonaro administration,” explains the Washington Brazil Office.
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