Assault against places of power in Brazil, arrest of a former minister of Jair Bolsonaro.
Posted on 15.1.2023
RT reports qthat the Brazilian authorities arrested on January 14 a former minister of Jair Bolsonaro. They increase the pressure on the entourage of the former president, targeted by an investigation for his role in the violent attack against places of power.
Anderson Torres, who was Brasilia’s security secretary at the time of the violence, was “arrested [le 14 janvier] upon arrival at Brasilia airportas part of the investigation into the rampage, the Brazilian Federal Police said.
The former minister, against whom an arrest warrant had been issued, “has been placed in detention and will remain at the disposal of justice”, she added. He was due to appear the same day for his first court hearing. Suspected of connivance with the accused rioters to have fomented a remake of the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, Anderson Torres, who claims his innocence, was arrested as he returned from the United States to appear in court.
Jair Bolsonaro charged with ‘public incitement to commit a crime’
His arrest comes the day after Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes announced the inclusion, as requested by the General Prosecutor’s Office, of former head of state Jair Bolsonaro in his investigation into the possible instigators of these violence.
Jair Bolsonaro, narrowly beaten by left-wing candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the October presidential election, “made a public incitement to the execution of a crime” by posting on social networks a video “challenging the regularity of the presidential election of 2022”, explained the prosecution in a press release.
This video was published two days after the invasion of the headquarters of the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court by thousands of supporters of Bolsonaro, then erased, recalled the prosecution. But she could, according to him, provide “a link of proof” justifying “a global investigation into the acts carried out before and after January 8, 2023” by Jair Bolsonaro.
The former president “has never had the slightest connection or participation with these movements,” said his lawyers in a press release sent to AFP, attributing the violence in Brasilia to “infiltrated” elements. For the time being, the Brazilian authorities have not initiated international proceedings, said the current Minister of Justice, Flavio Dino.
The latter said he was ready to launch an extradition procedure against Anderson Torres, if the latter had not surrendered to the Brazilian authorities by January 16.
A compromising document
The former minister is implicated after the discovery of a three-page document at his home: he planned for the federal government to take control of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), which oversees the smooth running of the ballot, “to ensure the preservation and restoration of transparency, and approve the regularity of the electoral process for the presidential election of 2022”.
A measure considered unconstitutional by many jurists. In practice, the intention would have been to annul Lula’s election. The presidential decree – which never saw the light of day – provided for the creation of an “electoral regulation commission” to replace the TSE, headed by a majority of members from the Ministry of Defense (8 out of 17).
The document is not dated, but the name of Jair Bolsonaro is at the end, on a space provided for his signature. The events of January 8 “were an orchestrated action,” Flavio Dino said on January 14 on GloboNews television. “The imprisonment of Anderson Torres brings us closer to identifying the network that made this terrorist attack possible,” he added.
Anderson Torres had declared on the evening of January 12 on Twitter that this draft was “probably in a pile of documents supposed to be destroyed in due course” and claimed that its disclosure was out of context.
The former minister had held the position of head of security for the Federal District of Brasilia since January 2, but had gone on vacation just after that date.