Supreme Court Investigates Jair Bolsonaro for Inciting Riot in Brazil’s Capital

Supreme court of brazil has included former president jair bolsonaro in its investigation into the storming of government buildings in brasília. the incident was instigated by thousands of radical bolsonaro supporters, who had been camping in and around the capital for weeks. prosecutors said mr bolsonaro may have incited a crime by making claims questioning the legitimacy of october’s presidential election. anderson torres, the former head of security in brasilia, also flew to the us ahead of the riots.

Riot took place on sunday, with protesters storming the country’s supreme court, congress and presidential palace. arrest warrants have already been issued for several top officials accused of being “responsible for acts and omissions” that led to the riots, and more than 1,200 people have been formally arrested and are being charged in relation to the riot at brazil’s congress.

Incident was allegedly sparked by a video posted by mr bolsonaro which claimed that president luiz inácio lula da silva was not voted into office but rather chosen by the supreme court and brazil’s electoral authority. lula accused mr bolsonaro’s allies of aiding an attack on the presidential palace on sunday. police visited anderson torres’ home and found a document reportedly trying to reverse the election result. justice minister flavio dino has said anderson torres must turn himself in by monday or face extradition. mr bolsonaro left brazil for the united states in late december, after refusing to take part in the handover of power to lula.

By Evey Lovelace

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