A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Wednesday ordered the trial of President Jair Bolsanaro for spreading false information following repeated and unproven attacks on the electoral system.
“The decision was made by Judge Alexandre Moraes following a request by the High Court of Justice (TSE) on Monday to begin an investigation into the head of state’s abuse of political and economic power. […] In its attacks on the electronic voting system and the legitimacy of the 2022 election.
The judge noted that the Supreme Court hearing would try to establish whether the far-right leader was guilty of “contempt, libel and libel condemnation.”
“The President will use the means of mass dissemination (misinformation) on social networks of illegal activities of members of the Supreme Court to harm the judiciary and affect its independence,” Moraes wrote in his ruling, which had access to the AFP.
The investigation should be specifically linked to more than two hours of live broadcasts on Facebook, during which President Bolzano announced last Thursday that he had committed fraud without providing any evidence on the electronic ballot box system in place since 1996.
He was harshly critical of several Supreme Court justices, including Luis Roberto Barroso, who heads the TSE.
Mr Barroso had already been called “stupid” by Mr Bolzano last month, raising doubts about holding a presidential election at the end of 2022.
“We are holding formal elections in Brazil, or there will be no elections,” he threatened.
On Tuesday, he reiterated that he would “not accept intimidation.”
On Sunday, thousands of pro-Bolsanaro protesters rallied in major Brazilian cities against the electronic voting system.
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Jair Paulsonaro does not support returning ballots by ballot, but should print receipts after each electronic ballot to recount the votes in the event of a dispute.
An action rejected by the TSE confirms that the current system is not filled with malpractices and that the printing of paper receipts may expose the election to “past manipulation risks”.
Attacks on the Brazilian president’s electoral system, especially his reputation for managing the corona virus crisis, which is considered a disaster by experts, are deteriorating due to apparent erosion.
Mr. Bolzano lost the election for several weeks. He decided to represent his rival, former left-wing leader Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010).
According to analysts consulted by the AFP, by repeatedly questioning the electoral system, Mr.
He would walk in the footsteps of former US President Donald Trump, who sometimes compared him to him.
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