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Brazilians involved in coup may be hiding in neighboring countries

Brasilia, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Police (PF) of Brazil estimates that around 180 people involved in the coup attempt on January 8th, 2023 may be hiding in neighboring countries such as Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Ricardo Saadi, head of the PF’s fight against organized crime, who participated in an operation early in June to arrest those involved in seditious acts, hinted at this possibility, even though the PF may not have tracked the fugitives.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is yet to send a request for information to Paraguay and Uruguay about any accused who have evaded the law.

Investigators do not rule out the possibility that the escapees requested asylum in Argentina and also that they have crossed the borders of Uruguay and Paraguay.

The director of the PF, Andrei Rodrigues, reported that extradition requests for those who fled to Argentina would be made this week. Brazil awaits a response from the Buenos Aires refugee commission to make a repatriation petition based on the data collected. The Argentine Government responded that it would analyze the protection calls of Brazilians in the country on a case-by-case basis. Milei’s government did not comment on the requests of the Brazilians who fled to Argentina.

The PF carried out a mega operation last week to arrest participants in the coup acts.

The Justice Department authorized 209 arrests, of which 47 did not occur because the targets were in Argentina, where they sought to escape punishment. Argentine authorities told Brazilian police that 65 people investigated for the attempted coup are seeking refuge in Argentina.