A key adviser to the previous Brazilian president allegedly investigated the potential of staging a army coup
A detailed adviser to former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro sought recommendation on the way to stage a coup d’etat to stop the handover of energy following final 12 months’s presidential elections, federal police within the South American nation alleged on Friday.
Citing data obtained from a cellular phone belonging to Bolsonaro aide Lieutenant Colonel Mauro Cid, Brazilian police claimed that Cid had “gathered paperwork with the target of acquiring ‘authorized and juradicial’ assist for the execution of a coup d’etat.”
The report additional alleges that Cid investigated strategies of doubtless stopping the switch of energy from Bolsonaro to present president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – generally recognized merely as Lula. It additionally states that he regarded into “the potential of utilizing the armed forces” to realize the target.
Cid – who stayed on as an aide to Bolsonaro after he left workplace – was arrested final month on suspicion of falsifying the previous president’s Covid-19 vaccination card.
The allegations set out by Brazil’s federal police come amid varied investigations headed by Supreme Court docket Justice Alexandre de Moraes into claims of improper conduct by Bolsonaro and a few of his home political allies earlier than and after October’s presidential election.
Among the many paperwork allegedly found on Cid’s cellular phone was a blueprint detailing plans to object to Lula’s January 1 presidential inauguration by claiming that Brazil’s judiciary and its media had unfairly backed Lula forward of the election.
The alleged plan found by police additionally instructed the appointment of an “intervener,” which might management Brazil’s armed forces and varied different public safety companies. Members of the judiciary who objected, together with Supreme Court docket justices, can be faraway from their positions, it added. A court docket would then be established to supervise new elections.
It’s not clear if the plans the police say they discovered on Cid’s telephone have been ever seen by Bolsonaro. An announcement posted to social media on Friday by Bolsonaro’s lawyer, Fabio Wajngarten, stated “President Bolsonaro by no means participated in any dialog a couple of doable coup d’etat.”
Brazil’s military, in the meantime, stated in its personal assertion that “any particular person conduct judged to be irregular will probably be handled in court docket.”
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