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Brazil starts probe into Bolsonaro for attacking electoral system

Brasilia, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian Attorney General's Office has launched a preliminary investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro´s behavior, as, without evidence, he pitched into Brazil´s electoral system in a meeting with ambassadors.

The G1 portal informed Brazil´s Deputy Attorney General Lindôra Araújo dictated the technical department of the Attorney General’s Office to examine the meeting videos and to gather available information in this regard.

Araújo intends to evaluate, for example, whether, based on official data, it is possible to confirm that the event was broadcast live.

Such a broadcast could show Bolsonaro’s speech had been heard by population.

TV Brasil, which is controlled by Federal Government, broadcasted live Bolsonaro’s speech.

The meeting was held on July 18. Upon the ruler’s invitation, around 40 foreign ambassadors accredited in Brasília gathered at the official residence of the Alvorada Palace to listen to Bolsonaro speak about election process.

With no evidence, Bolsonaro echoed suspicions already denied by official authorities about the security of the electronic ballot boxes.

Bolsonaro’s words triggered reactions in the civil society, which moved to carry out acts in defense of democracy.

Opposition parties and parliamentarians activated the Supreme Federal Court (STF) so that the ultra-right-wing leader be prosecuted for a series of crimes, including those of violent abolition of the Democratic Rule of Law, incitement of animosity of the Armed Forces against the constitutional powers and crime of responsibility.

Currently, Bolsonaro is facing up another inquiry, pending in STF, for disclosing information about secret police investigation in 2021.

In August 2021, Bolsonaro released on social networks a full text of a Federal Police inquiry into an alleged attack on the Superior Electoral Court’s internal system in 2018 – and which, according to the court itself, posed no risk to the elections.

By law, every public official is bound to protect confidential information.


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