Brazil | Bolsonaro is asking the courts to reject a bargaining document

(Brasília) Former Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro asked the electoral justice system not to take into account, in his investigation into the October presidential campaign, a draft ordinance that could have allowed the nullification of a ballot found in the home of a former minister.

The document, dated 2022, “has not and will not be made public,” corroborating the former far-right president’s defense in a response sent Thursday to electoral justice.

It says the document was “fabricated, never left the private residence of others, nor was it published or made public.” […] He never got past the thinking stage.”

The Supreme Election Court is investigating whether the former president abused power during the October presidential campaign.

He had given Mr Bolsonaro three days to explain himself over the document that police found in the former justice minister, Anderson Torres.

PHOTO ERALDO PERES, linked press archives

Former Justice Minister Anderson Torres

Jair Bolsonaro did not come to terms with his electoral defeat after being beaten by the new socialist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The document stated that the federal government would take control of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), which is overseeing the smooth conduct of polling, “to ensure that transparency is preserved and restored, and to approve the regularity of the electoral process for the 2022 presidential election.”

A measure that many jurists consider unconstitutional. In practice, the intention was to annul Lula’s election.

The document is undated, but Jair Bolsonaro’s name is at the bottom of the page, on a space for his signature.

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He was found in the home of Anderson Torres, who was arrested and is being investigated in connection with his alleged connection to the January 8 attempted rebellion in Brasília, by radical supporters of the ex-president.

The current Minister of Justice, Flavio Dino, considered last week that the draft presidential decree is “a link in the chain in light of a coup” and that it showed “the real goal of the events of January 8.

Jair Bolsonaro, who has been in the United States since December 30, two days before his term ends, is also under investigation for the Brasilia riots, in which he denies any involvement.

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