Brasilia – A close collaborator of Jair Bolsonaro told the Police that the former Brazilian president and senior military commanders met last year to discuss a military intervention to annul the election result after his defeat, the newspaper O Globo and reported on Thursday. the UOL news website.
Bolsonaro’s former adviser, Mauro Cid, agreed this month to cooperate with the Federal Police, which is investigating the former president for possible crimes, from embezzlement of funds to inciting his followers to the January riots in the capital, Brasilia. The Police have kept Cid’s testimony secret while he investigates.
According to the reports, which did not cite their sources, Cid allegedly told police that Bolsonaro sounded out commanders of the armed forces about a draft decree to annul the elections. In a statement, Bolsonaro’s lawyers denied the accusations. “During his administration, (Bolsonaro) never supported any movement or project that was not backed by the law,” they noted.
Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes earlier this month authorized the cooperation agreement between Cid and the Police, and released him from jail, where he has been since May, when he was arrested as part of an investigation into alleged forgery. of Bolsonaro’s covid-19 vaccination cards.
Bolsonaro is accused of forging an election denial movement that culminated in a Jan. 8 assault on government buildings in Brasilia by thousands of his supporters. Brazil’s federal electoral court has already banned him from running in elections until 2030.