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Bolsonaro’s trial for electoral fraud marked week in Brazil

Brasilia, Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) The beginning of the trial at the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) against former president Jair Bolsonaro for attacks on the voting system during a meeting with ambassadors, stood out in Brazil in the week that ends today.

If disqualified from holding public office for eight years, the far-right politician would be out of the presidential elections, scheduled for 2026.

Before some 40 foreign diplomats, the former governor repeated on July 18 unfounded and already denied suspicions about the electronic ballot boxes and the electoral process.

On that day, he exhibited a presentation with misinformation about the modern voting receptacles and suggested the participation of the Armed Forces to correct flaws in the voting system.

He questioned the integrity of the voting method and of ministers of the TSE and the Supreme Federal Court (STF).

He based his harangue on an investigation opened by the Federal Police in 2018, with the authorization of the STF, on the invasion of a hacker to the procedure at the TSE.

However, this court repeatedly reported that this access was blocked and does not interfere in any result.

The Democratic Labor Party accused a month later Bolsonaro and General Walter Braga Netto, who was a vice candidate in his suffrage formula, of alleged abuse of political power and misuse of the media during the election campaign.

During the beginning of the trial at the TSE this week, the electoral deputy attorney general, Paulo Gonet, defended Bolsonaro’s ineligibility.

He argued that “there are stamped” elements that justify removing the former president from the elections, such as seeking an advantage in the 2022 electoral dispute and seriousness of the conduct.

“Conclusion of the proceedings leads to the conclusion that the event was deformed into an instrument of electoral maneuver, resulting in a deviation of purpose,” said the deputy prosecutor.


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