The Electoral Tribunal of Brazil gave Bolsonaro three days to explain the “coup document”

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The text was found by the Federal Police at the residence of Anderson Torres, who was Bolsonaro's Justice Minister and has been detained since Saturday accused of alleged omission

The Electoral Tribunal of Brazil gave three days Bolsonaro is given a deadline to explain the “coup document”

The Electoral Tribunal of Brazil gave Bolsonaro three days to give explanations about the coup document. (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

The Brazilian Superior Electoral Court gave former President Jair Bolsonaro a three-day deadline, starting Monday. > to explain the content of a draft decree found at the residence of one of his former ministers and considered as evidence that he intended to stage a coup.

The deadline was established in a ruling by magistrate Benedito Gonçalves, of the electoral court, which ordered the inclusion of the so-called “coup document” in an investigation that is underway against the president for alleged abuse of power during his campaign for the presidential elections in October.

The controversial text is the draft of a decree that would have allowed Bolsonaro establish a state of exceptionto intervene in the highest electoral court and reverse the results of the October 30 elections, in which he was defeated by the progressive Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The document was found by the Federal Police at the residence of Anderson Torres, who was Bolsonaro's Justice Minister and had been detained since Saturdayaccused of alleged omission, since he was responsible for the security of Brasilia when thousands of Bolsonaristas assaulted the offices of the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court.

The Electoral Tribunal of Brazil gave Bolsonaro three days to explain the “coup document”

The document was found by the Federal Police at the residence of Anderson Torres, who was Bolsonaro's Minister of Justice. (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

Bolsonaro was also included by the Supreme Court in the list of those investigated for the violent events of January 8, for his alleged participation as the mastermind of the attempted coup

The judicial siege tightens on the ex-president, who is currently in the United States and who is suspected of inciting his supporters to invade and destroy the headquarters of Parliament, the Presidency and the Supreme Court on January 8.

< p class="paragraph">Gonçalves also asked the Supreme Court to forward to the electoral court the document that would demonstrate the alleged intention of the far-right leader to carry out a coup and any other possible evidence found in the house of Torres that he may serve in the investigation into political abuse during the campaign.

Anderson Torres travels from Miami to Brazil

In case 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), in turn indicated that he regretted the episode of vandalism that occurred in Brasilia.

“I am sorry for what happened on January 8th, an incredible thing”, declared the former president according to the Metropolis portal.

“In my government, people learned what politics is, got to know the powers that be, began to value freedom,” added the former president of the country.

The Electoral Tribunal of Brazil gave Bolsonaro three days to explain the “coup document”

Bolsonaro assured this Monday that the assault by his supporters on democratic institutions was “incredible”. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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

These statements came days after Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes authorized an investigation into Bolsonaro for alleged incitement to crime, following a request from the Prosecutor's Office.

(With information from EFE and Europa Press)

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