Brazil’s Supreme Court agrees to probe ex-leader Jair Bolsonaro for congress riot

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Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro is to be investigated for allegedly encouraging protests that ended with his supporters storming several government buildings.
Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro is to be investigated for allegedly encouraging protests that ended with his supporters storming several government buildings.   -   Copyright  Bruna Prado/Copyright 2022 The AP. All rights reserved.

Brazil’s Supreme Court has agreed to investigate whether former president Jair Bolsonaro incited the far-right mob that ransacked the country’s government buildings last Sunday. 

Justice Alexandre de Moraes granted a request from the prosecutor general’s office to include Bolsonaro in the wider investigation, citing a video the former president posted on Facebook two days after the riot. It claimed Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wasn’t voted into office, but rather was chosen by the Supreme Court and Brazil’s electoral authority.

Although Bolsonaro posted the video after the riot and deleted it in the morning, prosecutors argued its content was sufficient to justify investigating his conduct beforehand.

Otherwise, Bolsonaro has refrained from commenting on the election since his October defeat. He repeatedly stoked doubt about the reliability of the electronic voting system in the run-up to the vote, filed a request afterward to annul millions of ballots cast using the machines and never conceded.

None of the ex-president’s claims were proved, and the results of the election were recognised as legal by different politicians, including some Bolsonaro allies, and several foreign government.

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