Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Where should these cases be tried?

Justice Alexandre de Moraes of the Supreme Court of Brazil has indicated that both civilians and military members suspected of involvement in the January 8 disorder in Brasília will be tried by the country's civilian courts, according to this account. Excerpt:

"I establish the competence of the Federal Supreme Court to process and judge the crimes that occurred on January 8, 2023, regardless of whether those investigated are civilians or military," the judge reported in his decision.

In addition, Moraes also authorized the Federal Police to investigate members of the Armed Forces and military police related to the coup attempt in Brasilia.

By authorizing this investigation, the judge justified that some military policemen already interrogated indicated "the possible participation and/or omission of the Brazilian Army military, responsible for the Institutional Security Cabinet and the Presidential Guard Battalion."

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