Court schedules Bolsonaro’s political disqualification trial

Brasilia (BLAZETRENDS).- The Brazilian electoral Justice scheduled for June 22 the start of the political disqualification trial against former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, as announced by that court.

The Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) disclosed the schedule of the action promoted by the Democratic Labor Party (PDT, by its acronym in Portuguese). Endorsed by the Electoral Prosecutor’s Office against Bolsonaro and his vice-presidential candidate, General Walter Braga Netto.

The case refers to the accusation for launching harsh attacks against the voting system in 2022, while he was still president. And the Electoral Prosecutor’s Office, after the request of the PDT, declared itself in favor of the loss of their political rights for 8 years.

According to the investigator in the case, magistrate Benedito Gonçalves, Bolsonaro and Braga Netto are accused of “abuse of power and improper use of the media.” The trial schedule also provides for sessions for June 27 and 29.

The Electoral Public Ministry sees indications that the far-right leader committed this abuse. By sowing unfounded suspicions about the legitimacy of the electronic ballot boxes that Brazil has used in its electoral processes since 1996.

The causes that Bolsonaro faces

The action, one of several that the TSE is pursuing against Bolsonaro, was presented by the PDT after the meeting that the then president held with a group of forty ambassadors on July 18 at the presidential residence.

In his speech, he insisted that the 2018 elections, which he won in the second round, “were not fully transparent.” He also cited alleged irregularities that occurred in 2014, with the re-election of then-president Dilma Rousseff.

In addition to the cases he is facing in the TSE, the retired Army captain, who returned from the United States at the end of March, is being investigated in a dozen processes that are being processed in ordinary Justice and in another five that are in the Supreme Court.

One of them investigates the assault of thousands of radical Bolsonaristas on the headquarters of the three powers on January 8. With the intention of forcing a coup against the current president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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