Jair Bolsonaro processes a new visa to extend his stay in the United States for six months

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The former Brazilian president flew to Florida at the end of December when his term ended, so he did not participate in the inauguration of Lula da Silva as the new president from Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro processes a new visa to extend his stay for six months stay in the United States

FILE PHOTO. Jair Bolsonaro attends an inauguration ceremony for new judges of the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil in Brasilia, Brazil. December 6, 2022. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Jair Bolsonaro has applied for a six-month tourist visa to stay in the United States, his lawyer said Monday, despite of calls to revoke any US visa held by the former president after the coup attempt in Brasilia.

The United States received the petition on Friday, said his legal representative, Felipe Alexandre, who added that Bolsonaro will remain in that country while his application is pending.

“He would like to take some time off, clear his head and enjoy being a tourist in the United States for a few months before deciding what his next step will be,” Alexandre said in an email response to Reuters.

“It will depend on him and what strategy we agree to undertake based on his plans,” he added.

A spokesman for the State Departmentnoted that visa records are confidential under US law, adding that he cannot discuss details of individual visa cases.

The far-right Bolsonaro flew to Florida two days before he was due to his term on January 1 and leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took office, before supporters of the former president stormed the country's capital.

Jair Bolsonaro processes a new visa to extend his stay in the United States for six months

Brazilian cardiologist Ricardo Peixoto Camarinha leaves the house where the former president is staying Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro, in Kissimmee, Florida, U.S., January 11, 2023. REUTERS/Marco Bello

On January 26, Michelle Bolsonaro, the wife of the former president, returned to Brazil after having been in the United States since December 30.

Their daughter also returned to Brazil to go back to school after Christmas break, the newspaper O Globo reported. The one who does remain with the former president is one of his sons, Carlos Bolsonaro.

The followers of the former ruler looted Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential palace < /b>, calling for a military coup to annul the October elections won by Lula.

Brazil's highest court has agreed to open an investigation  into Bolsonaro for allegedly encouraging the anti-democratic protests that ended with the assault on government buildings.

In addition to the hundreds of people who were detained after the assault, the Brazilian Prosecutor's Office filed charges against 54 other individuals for the attempted coup

All of them were detained in the camp set up by supporters of the former president in front of the Brazilian Armed Forces Headquarters in the capital, reported the Brazilian network Globo.

Jair Bolsonaro processes a new visa to extend his stay in the United States for six months

Demonstrators, supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, attack the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, on January 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

They are accused before the  Federal Supreme Court for crimes of criminal association and incitement to crime for encouraging the Armed Forces to act against constitutional powers.

“There was an obvious structure to guarantee the permanence and stability” of the protesters who were calling for a coup, explained the coordinator of the Strategic Group to Combat Antidemocratic Acts, Deputy Attorney General Carlos Frederico Santos.

Separately, this month 41 Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives called on President Joe Biden's administration to cooperate with the South American country's investigation into violent protests in the capital and to revoke any visa it has. Bolsonaro.

The State Department has said that it corresponds to a person who entered the United States with a visa called “A”, reserved for diplomats and heads of state, to leave the country in within 30 days or request a change of immigration status if you are no longer engaged in official business. It is believed that Bolsonaro entered with such a visa.

With information from Reuters

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