The Brazilian Justice ordered the seizure of the assets of companies and individuals suspected of financing the coup attempt

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The Supreme Court, in turn, ordered preventive detention for an indefinite period of time for 140 of the 1,459 radical followers of former President Jair Bolsonaro detained on the past 8 January

The Brazilian Justice ordered the seizure of the assets of companies and people suspected of financing the attempted coup

File photo of supporters of the former Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrating outside Congress in Brasilia Jan 8, 2023. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

The Federal Court of Brazil ordered this Wednesday to block the assets of 52 people and seven companies suspected of financing the attempted coup d'état on January 8 at the headquarters of State powers by a mob supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro.

Thus, the Brazilian Justice gave the 'green light' to this decision, requested by the Attorney General's Office and whose ultimate goal is to cover the repairs for the damage caused by the assailants, as reported by O Globo.

Among those sanctioned is Ademir Luis Graeff, a businessman from Paraná –a state where Bolsonaro had great support–, and who had a luxury car blocked to pay the expenses incurred due to damage to Congress, the Planalto Palace and the Supreme Court.

On the other hand, a businessman from Santa Catarina also had up to five vehicles blocked, while Gran Brasil Viagens e Turismo, a company dedicated to the tourism sector in Minas Gerais, had up to seven buses blocked.

Those accused of financing the invasion of the headquarters of the three State powers will now have the possibility of defending themselves during a judicial process after which, if they finally emerge innocent, they will be able to recover their assets.

< p class="paragraph">On the other hand,The Brazilian Supreme Court ordered indefinite preventive detention for 140 of the 1,459 radical followers of former President Jair Bolsonaro detained for the coup acts on January 8, the court reported Wednesday.

< p class="paragraph">The magistrate Alexandre de Moraes, investigating the case, determined that 140 of those detained in flagrante will be placed in preventive detention, a precautionary measure that does not stipulate a term for a sentence , with the aim of “guaranteeing public order”.

The Brazilian Justice ordered the seizure of the assets of companies and people suspected of financing the attempted coup

Protesters, supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, break into the National Congress of Brazil, in Brasilia, Sunday, January 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

The 140 implicated for their participation in “acts of terrorism” and “destruction of public property” and will answer in prison for the crimes of “criminal association, violent abolition of the democratic rule of law and coup d'état”.

They were also charged with “threat, persecution and incitement to crime”, according to a statement from the Federal Supreme Court (STF).

Until next Friday, added the Court, the situation of the other 1,259 people who remain detained will be determined.

On January 8, thousands of extremists who do not accept Bolsonaro's defeat in the second round of elections on October 30 invaded and destroyed the headquarters of Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential palace of Planalto .

da Silva, which won with 50.9% of the valid votes.

In the same decision of the magistrate, another sixty people who were detained obtained provisional freedom following precautionary measures requested by their lawyers , but they will continue to answer before the Justice for the same accusations.

Those who have benefited from provisional release must, in addition, hand over their passports, appear weekly before the authorities, wear an electronic anklet to be monitored and will not be able to leave their cities of residence, among other measures.

The 1,459 detainees between January 8 and 9 have already gone through their first hearings before judges in the Brazilian capital, while another 684 people, according to the Federal Police, were released because they were elderly, sick or women with children.

With information from Europa Press and EFE

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