A Supreme Court judge announced Friday that Brazil’s far-right ex-President Jair Bolsonaro will be included in an investigation into the Jan. 8 demolition of government buildings in Brasilia.
The former leader’s investigation comes at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGR), citing a video posted by Bolsonaro “questioning the regularity of the 2022 presidential election”.
By doing so, “Bolsonaro would have publicly incited a crime,” the PGR said in a statement.
Thousands of so-called “Bolsonaristas” stormed the seat of government in Brasilia on Sunday, smashing windows and furniture, destroying priceless works of art, and leaving graffiti messages calling for a military coup.
The Bolsonaro video was posted online two days after the violent storm at the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court and was later deleted.
The PGR explained that although the video came to light after the coup, it could serve as “a probative connection” that “performed by the defendant before and after January 8, 2023.” Justified a global investigation into the actions.”
Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes announced on Friday that the investigation into what the PGR said was “incitement and intellectual authorship” of the riots, greenlighting Bolsonaro’s involvement.
In a note seen by AFP on Friday, Bolsonaro’s defense denied any involvement by the former president.
Bolsonaro “never had anything to do with or participate in these movements,” the note said, blaming “infiltrators” for the violence.
Bolsonaro had for years sought to cast doubt on the reliability of Brazil’s internationally acclaimed electoral system, suggesting he would not accept defeat.
He never publicly recognized the victory of new president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and left for the United States two days before his successor was sworn in, where he remains.