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Court authorizes reopening of investigation into attack against Bolsonaro

Tribunal autoriza reapertura de investigación sobre atentado contra Bolsonaro

A court of second instance authorized this Wednesday the reopening of the investigations into the possible participation of an accomplice or intellectual author in the attack suffered by Jair Bolsonaro when he was in the electoral campaign that led him to the Presidency of Brazil.

The Federal Regional Court of the First Region on Wednesday rejected an appeal that prevented the restart of the investigations, thus giving the green light to the Federal Police to try to establish whether the waiter Adelio Bispo de Oliveira acted under the orders of a third party when he stabbed the far-right leader.

Adelio Bispo has been detained since, on September 6, 2018, he stabbed the current head of state when the far-right leader was participating in an electoral rally in the city of Juiz de Fora.

Bolsonaro, who at the time was already leading the voting intention polls for the presidential elections, suffered serious injuries to the abdomen that forced him to undergo surgery on four occasions, the last two when he was already president.

But the material perpetrator of the attack was acquitted by justice in June 2019 after the judge responsible for the case concluded that he is not responsible for his mental disorders and ordered his indefinite detention in a psychiatric hospital, where he remains until now. .

Bolsonaro filed an appeal against the judicial decision and requested that the Federal Police reopen the investigations to try to identify the people who ordered and financed the attack.

In 2019, the Federal Police came to fulfill orders for the search and seizure of possible evidence in the offices of the lawyers who defended Adelio Bispo to try to discover any evidence, but the Brazilian Bar Association requested the suspension of the measures for allegedly violating the law. professional stealth of defenders.

The appeal of the Bar Association was initially accepted by the judge of first instance, with which the investigations were paralyzed, but the Federal Regional Court, based in Brasilia, suspended the initial decision on Wednesday and reopened the investigations.

Bolsonaro’s lawyer, Frederick Wassef, affirmed that the new judicial decision allows the investigation to continue to identify the mastermind of the attack.

According to Wassef, the Federal Police will now be able to search for the camera images that would show the people who hired the private lawyers who defended Adelio Bispo, given the possibility that they also represent the intellectual authors.

In the process in which the material perpetrator of the stabbing was acquitted for not being imputable, the judge responsible for the case concluded that the attacker acted alone and motivated by his discrepancies with the then presidential candidate.

Bolsonaro’s attacker alleged when he was arrested that he disagreed with the political and religious ideas of the far-right, a defender of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil between 1964 and 1985 and controversial for his insistent macho, homophobic, racist and misogynistic statements.

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