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Brazil highlights extension of investigation into digital militias

Brasilia, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Minister Alexandre de Moraes leading the Federal Supreme Court (STF) ruled out a 180-day extension to investigate on digital militias, which has been Brazilian headline week news.

The procedure, set in July 2021, has been covering a series of inquiries that include the coup plot to prevent President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from taking office in January, 2023, the sale of jewelry given by foreign authorities, and the case of forgery of Covid-19 vaccination card.

De Moraes affirmed that the delay is necessary for the “continuation of the investigations, with the completion of the proceedings still pending.”

On June 6, the Federal Police sent a letter to the STF judge asking for more time to follow up the case.

According to analysts, digital militias groups composed of non-existent people and profiles, created to spread fake information and disseminate lies in favor of a political party, ideologies and social issues.

In October, De Moraes authorized the sharing of the final report of the Joint Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPMI) into the coup acts of January 8, 2023 and all its pieces of evidence with the inquiries on digital militias.

This document marked the end of the CPMI’s work, and indicted 61 people, including former President Jair Bolsonaro.

It contains 1,300 pages, digital files, including images, videos and several documents that support the accusations.

The content demands that the former President Bolsonaro (2019-2022) be charged with the crimes of criminal association, attempt to violently abolish the Democratic Rule of Law, to depose legitimately constituted Government and the use of measures to thwart the free exercise of political rights.

“Democracy was attacked. The masses were manipulated with hate speeches. Digital militiamen were employed to disseminate fear, disqualify adversaries and promote attacks on the electoral system,” Senator Eliziane Gama claimed during the reading of the report.

Gama granted that “attempts were made to corrupt, obstruct and annul the elections. And they use freedom of expression to stifle expression.”

The communiqué reaffirmed that Bolsonaro is “the intellectual and moral author” of the anti-democratic incidents on January 8, 2023, a date marked in black in the national history.

With calls for military intervention and rejection of Lula’s taking office, extremist groups in favor of the far right politician invaded and ransacked the headquarters of the National Congress, the Federal Supreme Court and the Presidency in the capital.