São Paulo, Brazil – Former Minister of Justice Anderson Torres will serve 90 days of pre-trial detention after being arrested Saturday morning upon arriving in Brazil’s capital from a vacation in Florida. Torres is accused of facilitating the January 8 assault on the country’s government headquarters by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro.
Torres also underwent a custody hearing with a judge hours after his arrest.
The hearing is a standard procedure in Brazil and takes place with all persons remanded to the prison system. This procedure allows the court to determine under what conditions the arrest was made and if all stages of the legal process were followed, such as whether or not the accused had access to a lawyer.
After the custody hearing, Torres was sent to the prison unit of the Military Police Battalion in the Federal District of Brasília.
As a former high-ranking official, prosecutors argue that he should remain detained in the police unit instead of being taken to a regular prison for security reasons.
Initially, his pre-trial detention will last 90 days.
Torres made his career in the public security sector. He graduated with a law degree from Centro Universitário de Brasília, where he specialized in police science, criminal investigation and strategic intelligence.
Since 2003, he has been a member of the Federal Police, but withdrew from his duties when he entered politics in 2019.
That year, he was appointed as the secretary of public security for the Federal District by Governor Ibaneis Rocha. (Governor Rocha was also suspended from his governorship by Brazil’s Supreme Court following the January 8 attacks).
A close ideological ally of former President Bolsonaro, the then-president appointed Torres as the country’s Minister of Justice in March 2021, and