Bolsonaro wants the Electoral Justice not to investigate the draft of the decree that sought to ignore the elections

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“It was never published, nor was it ever going to be”, justified the defense of the far-right ex-president in a response sent Thursday

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Bolsonaro wants the Electoral Court not to investigate the draft of the decree that sought to ignore the elections

FILE PHOTO. Jair Bolsonaro (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

The Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro asked the electoral justice system to disregard its investigations into the October presidential campaign the minutes of the decree proposing a revision of the elections and that it was found at the home of his former Minister of Justice.

The draft presidential decree dated 2022 “was never published, nor was it going to be”, justified the defense of the far-right ex-president in a response sent to the electoral court on Thursday.

The defense argues that the document “is apocryphal, never left the private residence of third parties, was not published or publicized (…) never went beyond the level of cogitation.”

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal is investigating whether the former president committed abuse of political power during the October presidential campaign.

The court had given three days for Bolsonaro to explain the document that the police found last week at the home of his former Justice Minister, Anderson Torres, during a raid.

Bolsonaro wants the Electoral Court not to investigate the draft of the decree that sought to ignore the elections

FILE PHOTO. Supporters of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro stormed Brasilia (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

Bolsonaro, who for years had cast doubt on the Brazilian electoral system, was defeated by the left-wing leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva by a 1.8% margin, and until now has not verbally acknowledged his arch-rival's victory.

The document found in the Casa de Torres, who is detained and under investigation for the assault on Brasilia on January 8, anticipated federal control of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, in charge of the elections.

Determined that his functions were assumed by a commission of 17 members, 8 of whom are military.

The decree would aim to guarantee the preservation and “the immediate restoration of the transparency and correctness of the 2022 presidential electoral process″.

The current Minister of Justice, Flavio Dino< /b>, he said that the draft is “a link in the coup chain”, and that it “shows the true purpose of the events of January 8”.

Bolsonaro wants the Electoral Court not to investigate the draft of the decree that sought to disregard the elections

Former Brazilian Justice Minister Anderson Torres (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

Bolsonaro, also under investigation for the violent invasion of the headquarters of public powers, traveled to the United States before the end of his term and the ceremony of transmission of command on January 1.

In the event that Bolsonaro is found responsible for political abuse and use of the official media in favor of his campaign, the electoral court can sentence him to a period of political disqualification of at least eight years.

Bolsonaro assured this Monday that the assault by his supporters on democratic institutions was “incredible”.

The former president, who spoke this Monday with several supporters who were in front of his accommodation in Florida (United States), indicated in turn that he regretted the episode of vandalism that occurred in Brasilia .

In this way, the former Brazilian leader distanced himself from the coup attacks, with Contrasting with the speeches of his followers, according to the newspaper 'Folha de Sao Paulo'.

(With information from AFP)

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