Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s Two-Night Stay at Hungarian Embassy Under Investigation over Alleged Coup Plot

Ongoing investigation as Bolsonaro seeks refuge in Hungarian embassy

In February, Brazilian police began investigating former president Jair Bolsonaro’s two-night stay at the Hungarian embassy in Brasilia. The investigation was sparked by the confiscation of his passport during an investigation into an alleged plot to stage a military coup, which he denies any involvement in. According to reports by the New York Times, Bolsonaro entered the embassy on February 12-14 and was later accused of preparing a draft decree to annul election results and pressure military commanders to join the coup.

The Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the investigation after Bolsonaro’s defeat by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. On February 8th, police seized Bolsonaro’s passport and accused him of preparing a draft decree. Bolsonaro denied any involvement in the alleged coup plot and claimed that he had been staying at the embassy to maintain contact with officials of a friendly country and receive updates on political matters. However, former army and air force commanders claim that he asked them to join the plans, which they refused.

Bolsonaro’s lawyer stated that his client had been invited by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for talks about their ongoing relationship. Orban is a nationalist and political ally of Bolsonaro, who has maintained close relations with him despite being out of power since January 2021. Last year, Brazilian courts ruled Bolsonaro ineligible for political office until 2030 for spreading electoral disinformation related to his reelection campaign. He also faces potential criminal charges related to his covid-19 vaccination certificate, which he claimed not to have needed due to previous illnesses.

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