The Brazilian Police searched this Friday the residence and office of the governor of Brasilia, Ibaneis Rochaseparated for three months from his duties for his alleged responsibility in the anti-democratic acts of last January 8.
In a statement, the Federal police reported that together with the Attorney General’s Office, it complies with search and seizure orders at the governor’s residence and workplace.
Agents also searched the home and former office of the Acting Secretary of Public security on the day of the attacks, Fernando de Souza Oliveira. The investigation is related to the serious events of January 8, when thousands of followers of the former president Jair Bolsonaro they invaded and caused damage to the headquarters of Congress, the Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace of Planalto.
The radical Bolsonaristas had been camped out at the gates of the Army barracks for more than two months, asking for a military intervention to overthrow President Luiz Inácio. Lula da Silvawho prevailed in the elections with 50.9% of the votes compared to 49.1% for the far-right Bolsonaro.
“The measures were authorized by the supreme courtbased on requests from the Attorney General’s Office with the aim of seeking evidence” in the framework of investigations into “conduct of public authorities,” said the Police. According to the Police, the investigated authorities “would have refused “to fulfill the obligation to prevent the violent acts registered on that date in Brasilia.
The action is part of the 16 search warrants against alleged financiers of the attacks, which were fulfilled this Friday in six states of the country: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul and the Federal District of Brasilia. Some 1,800 people have already been arrested for the assault on the authorities, although a third were released for “humanitarian reasons” and will respond to a possible judicial process released.
Last Friday, the Supreme Court included Bolsonaro, who is currently in the United States, on the list of those investigated for allegedly inciting his most radical followers to attack democratic institutions. The high court also ordered the arrest of former Brasilia Security Secretary Anderson Torres, who was Bolsonaro’s Justice Minister and is under arrest for his alleged “omission” to stop the January 8 coup plotters.