130 coup plotters released in Brasilia

The Supreme Federal Court of Brazil ordered this Monday the release of 130 followers of former President Jair Bolsonaro, prosecuted for having participated in the attempted coup against Lula da Silva on January 8, when the headquarters of the State powers were assaulted in Brasilia.

The decision was adopted by Supreme Judge Alexandre de Moraes, in charge of mega-causes for acts against the democratic system and the Constitution, in which former President Bolsonaro himself is being investigated.

Judge Moraes has released more than a thousand detainees in recent weeks, all with electronic anklets and the obligation to spend the night at home, in addition to being prohibited from using social networks. 392 people -310 men and 82 women- still remain prisoners in Brasilia prisons, according to the General Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the attorney general’s office, those released are accused of illicit association and incitement to crime. In total, there are already 919 people accused of these crimes, of which 219 are accused of coup d’état, qualified damage and action to abolish the rule of law.

At the same time, the Federal Police continues to carry out the investigation operation Lesa Patria, which aims to search for the financiers of the Bolsonaro movement in favor of a coup d’état with the support of active and retired soldiers, after the victory in the elections of October of President Lula.

On January 8, Brazil experienced the greatest institutional crisis since the 1964 coup d’état. The event was planned by a political and operational command of the Brasilia Police, including the invasion by thousands of people of the Planalto Palace, the National Congress and the headquarters of the Federal Supreme Court, in the Plaza de los Tres Poderes.

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The Supreme Court determined the suspension of the position of the Bolsonaro governor of Brasilia, Ibaneis Rocha, a measure that is still in force: it is evident that it was part of the plan. The attorney general’s office asked last Friday to revoke the decision for Rocha to return to office, after placing the responsibility on his former Secretary of Security Anderson Torres, former Justice Minister of Bolsonaro who remains imprisoned for sedition and command the plan to “liberate” Brasilia .

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