Luiz Inácio Lula da Silvapresident of Brazil, fired the deputy director of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN), Alessandro Morettiinvestigated for having participated in an espionage network organized during the government of former president, Jair Bolsonaro, according to government sources cited by the local press.
The dismissal of Morettinumber two of Brazil’s intelligence agency, happens after an investigation ordered by the Supreme Federal Court, the highest court in the country and carried out by the Federal Police that unmasked a criminal organization installed in the ABIN by Bolsonarism.
The search warrants carried out by the Brazilian police, including Jair Bolsonaro
The Police served nine search warrants, five of them in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where Carlos Bolsonaro works as a legislator. The Three other search warrants were carried out in Formosa, state of Goiás (center) and Salvador, in the state of Bahia (northeast).
This organization was headed by the former head of the ABIN and, today, deputy, Alexandre Ramagem, whose residence and office were raided last week.
On Monday, the Federal Police raided the vacation residence of former President Bolsonaro to confiscate three computers and the cell phone of one of his sons, Rio de Janeiro councilor Carlos Bolsonaro, investigated for clandestinely working with Ramagem in illegal espionage against 30,000 opponents using Israeli software.
According to the Globo network, Moretti will be replaced by Marco Cepik who currently directs the ABIN Intelligence School, and the directors of seven of the agency’s departments will also be removed, demonstrating a broad restructuring of the intelligence agency.
The Federal Police accuses Moretti of having been part of the criminal organization set up by Bolsonarism in Abin.
The concilor Carlos Bolsonaro He declared today for 45 minutes as being investigated before the Federal Police on suspicion of having used Abin to influence investigations against the family of the leader of the Brazilian far-right.
In February, former Minister of Institutional Security Augusto Heleno, a retired Army general who was Bolsonaro’s main advisor on geopolitics and internal security, was summoned to testify before the Federal Police.
They raided the house and office of Jair Bolsonaro’s son for illegal espionage
lto Federal Police of Brazil raided this Monday the house and legislative office of Rio de Janeiro councilor Carlos Bolsonaro, one of the sons of former president Jair Bolsonaro, within the framework of the case investigated by an alleged illegal espionage organization set up during his father’s government to investigate opponents.
He councilor for Republicans and The former president is on vacation on an island of Angra dos Reis, in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
Jair Bolsonaro’s denial about illegal espionage in his government and the ABIN
Jair Bolsonaro denied this Sunday that existed any type of illegal spy organization during his government and described the investigations as a “narrative.”
ItInvestigators suspect that Abin used a Israeli surveillance software called FirstMilewhich tracks smartphone geolocation data, to spy on thousands of people during Bolsonaro’s presidency.
“Those investigated may be held responsibleyes (…) of device invasion crimes computer hacking, criminal organization and interception of telephone, computer or telematic communications without judicial authorization or for purposes not authorized by law,” the police added.