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The legal problems surrounding the former president of The problems seem to be far from over. This week the Federal Police recommended that the right-wing leader be formally charged with three crimes in relation to the case of the jewels donated by the kingdom of to the Brazilian government because Bolsonaro allegedly tried to keep them as part of his personal assets.

LOOK: Brazilian police charge Bolsonaro with appropriation of jewelry given to the presidency

According to the police, who have been investigating the case for a year, including two interrogations of the former president in April and August 2023, Bolsonaro and a group of at least 11 people allegedly tried to bring the jewels into Brazil without declaring them, keep them in the possession of the then president and later auction them off in the United States.

According to authorities, the stolen items include Rolex watches, earrings, a type of Arabic rosary, and a Chopard gold and diamond necklace, which together are valued at 5 million reals (just over $915,000).

Although Bolsonaro handed over the jewels in March 2023, the Federal Police considers that there is sufficient evidence to accuse him of appropriation of public assets, money laundering and criminal association.

The jewels returned by Bolsonaro in March 2023 are valued at more than 900 thousand dollars.

The jewels returned by Bolsonaro in March 2023 are valued at more than 900 thousand dollars.

/ MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL

– Risk of jail –

Brazilian political analyst and consultant Caio Manhanelli warns that embezzlement would be the most serious of the charges against the former president. Under Brazilian law, sentences for this charge range from 2 to 12 years, while organized crime is punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison and money laundering by 3 to 10 years.

The jewels are property of the Brazilian State. The problem is not the gift itself but what was done with it. The jewels arrived in Brazil, were placed in the hands of advisors of a former minister and they tried to take them to the United States but the Federal Police intercepted them. This attempt to take the jewels to sell them is what constitutes the case of embezzlement.”, explains Manhanelli to Trade.

Following the indictment by the Federal Police, Bolsonaro’s case will now be handled by Supreme Court judge Alexandre de Moraes, who will ask the Attorney General’s Office to decide whether or not to file a formal complaint against the former president.

The Attorney General has been appointed by Lula da Silva and has made it very clear that he will seek to enforce the law. Alexandre de Moraes is pointed out by Bolsonarists as their great enemy, but in truth he is someone who is applying justice.“Manhanelli comments, who considers it highly likely that the complaint will end up being formalized.

Member of the Supreme Federal Court and president of the Superior Electoral Court, Alexandre de Moraes, is considered by Bolsonarists to be their leader's greatest enemy.

Member of the Supreme Federal Court and president of the Superior Electoral Court, Alexandre de Moraes, is considered by Bolsonarists to be their leader’s greatest enemy.

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– Hit the image –

It should be noted that this is not the only judicial problem that Bolsonaro has faced since leaving the presidency. The former head of state has been formally accused of having instructed his right-hand man, Lieutenant Colonel Mauro Cid, to manipulate a database and falsify the COVID-19 vaccination certificates of Bolsonaro and his daughter.

Cid is also on the list of 11 people under investigation in the Saudi jewelry case.

In addition, Brazil’s electoral body determined in June 2023 that Bolsonaro had used government communication channels to promote his re-election campaign. As a result, the conservative leader has been banned from holding any public office until 2030.

Meanwhile, the Federal Police is conducting two other investigations against the former president. One is looking into Bolsonaro’s calls to the population not to wear masks and to raise alarm about alleged dangers caused by vaccines in the midst of a pandemic, which would constitute crimes against public health.

In the other, by far the most serious, Bolsonaro is pointed out as the agitator behind the attempted coup d’état that took place in Brasilia on January 8, 2023. To date, different testimonies from supporters of the former president and two important military officials that have been declassified point to him as an active participant in the plan to break into the Supreme Federal Court and the Planalto Presidential Palace.

On January 8, 2023, a mob of Bolsonaro supporters attempted to take control of the Supreme Federal Court and the Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia. The police are investigating the degree of responsibility of the former president in this coup attempt.

On January 8, 2023, a mob of Bolsonaro supporters attempted to take control of the Supreme Federal Court and the Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia. The police are investigating the degree of responsibility of the former president in this coup attempt.

/ Ton MOLINA / AFP

Much like what is happening with Donald Trump in the United States, these accusations do not seem to affect Bolsonaro’s image among his base.There are all kinds of thoughts. If we look at the latest polls we can see that Bolsonaro’s popularity has dropped a little, but there are still a certain number of people who do not see what he has done as bad. And we are not talking about a few people, but about 20% of voters.“, says Manhanelli.

The analyst believes that, as in the North American country, the discourse that has been established among Bolsonarists indicates that their leader is the victim of a witch hunt.

There are those who believe that Bolsonaro is suffering a kind of persecution by the Lula government. The truth is that the government can operate in one way, but the justice system is independent. These are completely different things. De Moraes is following the rules established by law. But of course, Lula’s statements about the cases do not help to dismantle these beliefs about a lack of independence.“, says the expert.

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