The Brazilian Police arrested a colonel accused of having participated in the attempted coup against Lula

The Brazilian Police arrested a colonel accused of having participated in the attempted coup against Lula
The Brazilian Police arrested a colonel accused of having participated in the attempted coup against Lula

Bernardo Romão Corrêa Netto (Porto Alegre Reserve Officers Preparation Center/Facebook)

The colonel Bernardo Romão Corrêa Netto He was arrested this Sunday in Brasilia after arriving in the Brazilian capital from the United States. Corrêa is being investigated for allegedly prepare a coup against the current Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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The officer had just returned from Washington, where he participated in a course at the Inter-American Defense College. He had traveled to the US capital last Thursday and returned on Sunday, when he was detained by members of the Brazilian Federal Police, Brazilian television reported. Or Globe.

Corrêa would have organized a meeting of officers of the Army Special Forces on November 28, 2022 to address a coup d’état, a month after the second round of the presidential elections that Lula won.

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The suspect was then an assistant to the Southern Military Command, named as trusted man of Lieutenant Colonel Mauro Cidwho was a close collaborator of the former president Jair Bolsonaro. The Police intercepted conversations on his mobile phone that would demonstrate that Corrêa chose for this meeting soldiers trained in the Special Forces known as Kids Pretoswhich “demonstrates the meticulous planning to use military techniques against the Brazilian State itself to carry out the coup d’état.”

The arrest was endorsed by the judge of the Federal Supreme Court Alexandre de Moraeswho picks up in his car that there was a plan to spread fake news “by the Armed Forces and other members of the criminal group to discredit the electoral process.” The objective was to generate a “environment favorable to the coup d’état.”

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To this end, they had even prepared a “letter to the Army commander from active senior officers of the Brazilian Army” addressed to whoever was then head of the Army, Marco Antônio Freire Gomes.

Corrêa is being investigated for allegedly preparing a coup against the current Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

The Brazilian Police believe that the former president Jair Bolsonaro knew of the coup d’état plan against Lula da Silva and that even made modifications.

The investigation discovered a coup draft which provided for the arrest of the ministers of the Federal Supreme Court Gilmar Mendes and Alexandre de Moraesas well as the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco.

This information is included in the decision Moraes which supports an operation launched last Thursday against soldiers and former ministers of the Bolsonaro government. It is for that reason that The Supreme Court ordered the former head of state to hand over his passport and he was prohibited from speaking with other investigators in the middle of the “Operation Tempus Veritatis” (Hour of Truth), which included raids and arrests in ten states of the country.

According to investigations, the draft of the coup was delivered to Bolsonaro by Filipe Martins, who was arrested in the operation this Thursday; and Amauri Feres, who is wanted. According to the local portal G1The ex-president He asked that the names of Pacheco and Gilmar be removed from the document but not that of De Moraes.

They were too former Justice Minister Anderson Torres is the subject of searcheswho was already being investigated for the coup attack of January 8, 2023 carried out by Bolsonaro sympathizers, and Valdemar Costa Neto, president of the Liberal Party (PL), a party led by the former Brazilian president.

The Brazilian Police believe that Bolsonaro knew of the coup d’état plan against Lula (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

The investigation indicates that the investigated group “divided into action groups to spread” suspicions of fraud in the 2022 elections, in which Lula defeated Bolsonaro, who was seeking re-election, “even before the elections were held.”

According to the Police, with this strategy they sought to “legitimize a military intervention.”

According to the Police, there was a second core of action that “consisted of the practice of acts to subsidize the abolition of the Democratic State of Law, through a coup d’état, with the support of military personnel with the knowledge and tactics of special forces in an environment politically sensitive.”

These events culminated in the riot on January 8, 2023, when thousands of Bolsonaro’s followers invaded and destroyed the headquarters of the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court, in a desperate attempt to overthrow the Lula Government, which had assumed power. power a week before.

(With information from Europa Press and EFE)

 
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