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Brazil: Military officials condemn former President Bolsonaro

Brazil: Military officials condemn former President Bolsonaro

In the investigation into suspected coup plots after Jair Bolsonaro's election defeat, several high-ranking military officials made harsh accusations against the former Brazilian president.

The federal police accuse the former right-wing head of state and his allies of preparing a coup in order to remain in power after the electoral defeat in October 2022 by current President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The court issued witness statements

Bolsonaro discussed the draft coup decree in a meeting with military representatives, then-army chief Freire Gomes said during questioning. The witness statements were announced yesterday by the Supreme Court.

The draft stipulated announcing the defense case and verifying the legitimacy of the elections. Gomez then told Bolsonaro that he would have to arrest him if he made such an attempt, then-Air Force Commander Carlos de Almeida Baptista Jr. said during questioning.

But former naval commander Almir Garnier did not comment on the meeting. According to Mauro Cid, Bolsonaro's aide, he is said to have sympathized with the coup plans and offered troops for a possible coup.

Bolsonaro lost the runoff election

Bolsonaro was defeated by leftist politician Lula in a presidential runoff election in October 2022. He has repeatedly questioned the Brazilian electoral system, without providing any concrete evidence.

On January 8, 2023, supporters of the former army who did not want to acknowledge Lula's election victory stormed Congress, the Government House and the Supreme Court in the capital, Brasilia, and caused extensive damage.