Saturday, February 18, 2023

Who should investigate and try Brazilian military personnel involved in the Jan. 8 rioting?

A familiar issue has arisen in Brazil: the armed forces want to deal with military personnel who were involved in the recent rioting in Brasília; civilian authorities have a different opinion, according to this article. Excerpt:

There has been mounting public pressure for anyone in Brazil's military accused of involvement in the riots to be tried in civil courts.

[President Luis Inácio] Lula [da Silva]'s leftist Workers Party wants them tried in civil courts, and the Federal Police have asked the Supreme Court for permission to investigate alleged military involvement in the riots.

However, Brazil's army brass are unhappy about efforts for military wrongdoing to be tried by the Supreme Court, and want to keep litigation in military courts, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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