Brazilian Justice Requests Police Report on Riots

Brazilian Supreme Federal Court orders the Federal Police to present investigation report of the coup within ten days

The Supreme Federal Court of Brazil has given a period of ten days to the Federal Police (PF) to present a partial report on the ongoing investigation of the coup acts perpetrated on 8 January against the headquarters of the three powers. The investigating magistrate of the case, Alexandre de Moraes, addressed a letter to the new general director of the PF, Andrei Passos, and requested the presentation of collected evidence. He indicated that these tests could help identify the public agents who could have incurred crimes during the collection.

The letter is a response to the demand from the Attorney General’s Office to investigate various public agents. Thousands of supporters of the former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had invaded and looted Congress, Supreme Court, and the Planalto presidential palace on the said date.

Out of the 2,000 people who were arrested for the anti-democratic acts, 1,400 are still incarcerated. These Bolsonaristas had been camping for more than two months outside the Army barracks asking for a military intervention to overthrow President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The situation has caused overcrowding at the two prisons located in Brasilia where the detainees are being held separately – Papuda, with a capacity for 1,176 detainees, houses 2,139 people while Colmeia had 1,148 detainees for its capacity of 1,028. It is speculated that many of them will be soon transferred out of Brasilia to await their trial.

With the presentation of the partial report, it is expected that the Brazilian government will be able to prosecute hundreds of people accused of the riot soon.

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