Ex-President Jair Bolsonaro’s Two-Night Stay at Hungarian Embassy Sparks Investigation into Coup Plot

Ongoing investigation as Bolsonaro seeks refuge in Hungarian embassy

Last month, the Brazilian police launched an investigation into the reasons behind former President Jair Bolsonaro’s two-night stay at the Hungarian embassy in Brasilia. This occurred immediately after his passport was confiscated in an investigation into an alleged plot to stage a military coup. The Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the investigation after Bolsonaro’s defeat by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

According to security camera footage reported by the New York Times, Bolsonaro entered the Hungarian embassy on February 12-14. On February 8, police seized Bolsonaro’s passport and accused him of preparing a draft decree to annul the election results and pressure military commanders to join the coup. However, Bolsonaro denies any involvement in this alleged plot.

Former army and air force commanders have claimed that Bolsonaro asked them to join the plans, which they refused. Moraes gave Bolsonaro until Wednesday to explain the purpose of his stay at the embassy. Bolsonaro’s lawyer stated that he was there to maintain contact with officials of a friendly country and receive updates on political matters.

However, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban did not respond to requests for comment despite their ongoing relationship with Bolsonaro. Orban is a nationalist and political ally of Bolsonaro, and they met during the inauguration of Argentina’s right-wing president Javier Miley this year, showcasing their ongoing relationship.

In addition to facing potential criminal charges related to his covid-19 vaccination certificate, Bolsonaro is also no longer in power as he was defeated by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva last year. He was previously ruled ineligible for political office until 2030 due to a Brazilian court ruling for spreading electoral disinformation last year.

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