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Congressional draft report in Brazil recommends charges for Bolsonaro over Jan. 8 insurrection
A draft congressional report on Brazil’s Jan. 8 riots has accused ex-President Jair Bolsonaro of being the insurrection’s mastermind
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A draft congressional report on Brazil's Jan. 8 riots on Tuesday accused ex-President Jair Bolsonaro of being the insurrection's mastermind and recommended he be criminally charged with attempting to stage a coup.
The report by Sen. Eliziane Gama followed months of hearings by a committee investigating the uprising in Brasilia. It proposed charges against Bolsonaro including the violent overthrow of democratic rule, and a slew of other charges against dozens of people citing “extensive documentation,” including bank statements, phone records and messages.
Bolsonaro, who lost his reelection bid last fall, has denied any involvement in the rioting, which took place after he had quietly left the country to stay in Florida while refusing to attend the inauguration of incoming President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
A full panel of 32 lawmakers — most of whom are allied with Lula — are scheduled to vote on the inquiry report Wednesday and are seen as likely to adopt the measure, which would serve as a recommendation to prosecutors.