Brazil: Bolsonaro to have passport seized over coup probe

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Brazil’s ex-President Jair Bolsonaro has been given 24 hours to surrender his passport …. Police accuse him of having led a failed plot to remain in power after losing the election to his left-wing rival, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Mr Bolsonaro says the operation is politically motivated. Three of Mr Bolsonaro’s allies have been arrested. The head of his political party has also been detained. They are suspected of plotting to keep Mr Bolsonaro in power following his election defeat in October 2022. Police accuse them of spreading doubts about the electoral system, which became a rallying cry for his supporters, who claimed the election was stolen from Mr Bolsonaro. This, police argue, set the stage for a potential coup. When it failed to get the support of the armed forces, however, his frustrated supporters stormed Congress, the building housing the Supreme Court and the presidential palace on 8 January 2023.” (02/08/24)