Brazil’s Supreme Court authorizes investigation into former president Bolsonaro
The Brazilian Supreme Court authorized on Friday an investigation into former President Jair Bolsonaro to determine if he “incited” an assault by his followers on the three government branches in Brasilia earlier this month.
The Attorney General’s Office requested the investigation, asking Bolsonaro be included in a list of those to be investigated for the attack on the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court.
According to the Attorney General, Bolsonaro incited the attack with the video he posted on January 10, questioning the legitimacy of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s 2022 election victory over him.
Damage to government properties and establishments caused by the attackers amounted to around 1,800 arrests of Bolsonaro’s supporters.
The Attorney General’s Office has requested seven investigations into attacks and violent acts committed by the former president’s followers. These investigations are divided between those that try to identify the perpetrators, financiers and masterminds behind the incident.
Bolsonaro has been living in the United States since December 30 and is being investigated in four other criminal proceedings before the Supreme Court.