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Brazilian justice officials on Tuesday ordered the arrest of several senior officials in connection with attacks on government buildings by supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia last Sunday.
This is one of the arrest warrants ordered by Judge Alexandre de Moraes Anderson TorresMinister of Justice in the Bolsonaro government (2019–2022) and served for a few days Chief of Public Security of the Brazilian capital.
Torres denied involvement in the attacks by the protesters. Located in USA. He promised to face justice through Twitter.
“Today (10/01) I received news that Judge Alexandre de Moraes of the STF ordered my arrest and allowed a search of my apartment. I decided to interrupt my vacation and return to Brazil. I will appear in court. Give me protection,” Torres wrote.
Judge Moraes, who is presiding over the hearings in the case, has publicly identified the former minister. Security flaws In the events of last Sunday.
That day, thousands of Bolsonaro supporters besieged the executive, congressional and Federal Supreme Court (STF) buildings.
Riots erupted within a week of the President’s inauguration Luis Inacio Lula da SilvaBolsonaro won last year’s elections rejected by his supporters.
Colonel Fabio Augusto Viria, the commander of the military police, was also removed from his post and arrested on Tuesday.
the nail 1,500 people have been arrested For their participation in attempts to acquire public buildings. Prosecutors have five days to file formal charges.
Earlier Tuesday, the federal public safety regulator charged Torres “A structured act of sabotage”.
Ricardo Cappelli, who is in charge of security in Brasilia, said Torres had a “lack of command” before the government buildings were attacked.
He told CNN that Lula’s inauguration on Jan. 1 was “a very successful security move.”
What changed before Sunday, Jan. 2, “Anderson Torres took over as secretary of defense, relinquished full command and went on a trip,” he said.
“If that’s not vandalism, I don’t know what is,” Cappelli added.
Torres deeply regretted the “absurd speculations” that he played any role in the riots.
He described the scenes during his family vacation as unfortunate, saying it was “the most bittersweet day” of his personal and professional life.
Lula has accused security forces of “neglecting” their duty to prevent “terrorist acts” in Brasilia.
Bolsonaro promised to return
In a separate hearing, prosecutors on Tuesday asked a federal court to freeze Bolsonaro’s assets in light of the unrest.
Condemning the riots, the former president Not conceding defeat in close elections in October Divided the South American nation. He left for the US before the handover of power on January 1.
He was admitted to a Florida hospital on Monday. He said this Tuesday that he wants to return to Brazil, bringing forward his departure from the United States, which was originally planned for the end of January.
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