Former President Jair Bolsonaro adds a vote to be sentenced in Brazil

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The Brazilian justice will continue on Thursday the trial against former president Jair Bolsonaro, who could be declared ineligible for abuse of powerafter the first of the seven judges voted this Tuesday (06.27.2023) in favor of his conviction.

The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) judges the far-right leader for attacks against the electronic voting system in Brazil during a meeting with ambassadors in July 2022, three months before being defeated at the polls by the leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

In Tuesday's session, the rapporteur of the case, andJudge Benedito Goncalves was the only one to demonstrate and voted to politically disqualify Bolsonaro for 8 yearswhom he linked to a "violent speech and lies" that put "the credibility of electoral justice in check."

Goncalves said that the meeting with the diplomats "served to incite a state of collective paranoia" through "a set of false or distorted information" about the electoral system in Brazil.

And he considered that the former president made use of "public office and the command of the Armed Forces to stimulate institutional tensions," even after his electoral defeat.

adjournment of trial

Following the opinion of the prosecution in the first session of the trial last week, Goncalves voted for Bolsonaro to be sentenced for "abuse of political power and misuse of the media."

After the vote against the far-right, the trial was suspended.

It is scheduled to resume in a third plenary session on Thursday, when the other six judges will continue to demonstrate.

A postponement of the trial is not ruled out, in the event that one of the magistrates requests more time to examine the case.

In his speech to diplomats at the Alvorada presidential residence in 2022, Bolsonaro assured without evidence that he was seeking to "correct failures" of the current electronic ballot box system with the "participation of the Armed Forces".

The far-right leader, Jair Bolsonaro, 68, denies having committed any crime while showing little confidence in an acquittal.

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