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HomeBreaking NewsFormer Justice minister wanted by Brazil in relation to January 8 insurrection

Former Justice minister wanted by Brazil in relation to January 8 insurrection

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São Paulo, Brazil – Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Jair Bolsonaro’s former justice minister in relation to the January 8 assault on government offices in the country’s capital, Brasília. 

At the time of the attacks, the former minister, Anderson Torres, was serving as the capital’s head of public security and the attorney general’s office accused him of being “responsible for acts and omissions” leading to the attack on the government headquarters. 

Torres is currently in Orlando, Florida and it’s not known when he will return to Brazil.

In response to the arrest warrant, Torres initially posted a message on social media saying he intended to return to Brazil to turn himself in.

“Today (01/10), I received news that [Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes] ordered my arrest and authorized a search at my residence. I made the decision to interrupt my vacation and return to Brazil. I will present myself to justice and take care of my defense,” he wrote on his Twitter.

Torres is a central figure in the puzzle being put together by investigators about the lead up to the January 8 attack. 

An ally of Bolsonaro, Torres held strategic positions within the former president’s cabinet, including the role of justice minister from March 2021 to December 31, 2022, when Bolsonaro’s term ended. 

On January 2, he was invited by the governor of Brasília, Ibaneis Rocha, another Bolsonaro ally, to take over as secretary of public security for the Federal District. His stay in the new position, however, was brief, lasting only seven days.

On the afternoon of January 8, in the wake of the attacks, Governor Rocha fired him, claiming serious failures in security planning around the country’s capital. (Governor Rocha himself

São Paulo, Brazil – Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Jair Bolsonaro’s former justice minister in relation to the January 8 assault on government offices in the country’s capital, Brasília. “Today (01/10), I received news that [Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes] ordered my arrest and authorized a search at my residence. Torres is a central figure in the puzzle being put together by investigators about the lead up to the January 8 attack.

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