Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Investigated for Coup Plot After Passport Confiscation: What You Need to Know

Ongoing investigation as Bolsonaro seeks refuge in Hungarian embassy

Last month, former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was investigated for an alleged plot to stage a military coup after his passport was confiscated. The investigation was ordered by Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes following Bolsonaro’s defeat by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Security camera footage captured Bolsonaro entering the Hungarian embassy in Brasilia on February 12-14, and it was first reported by the New York Times.

On February 8, police seized Bolsonaro’s passport and accused him of preparing a draft decree to annul the election results and pressure military commanders to join the coup. However, Bolsonaro denied any involvement in the plot, and former army and air force commanders claimed that he asked them to join the plans, which they refused.

Bolsonaro’s lawyer stated that he was at the Hungarian embassy to maintain contact with officials of a friendly country and receive updates on political matters. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban did not respond to requests for comment despite being a nationalist and political ally of Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro has maintained close relations with Orban despite facing potential criminal charges related to his covid-19 vaccination certificate and being ruled ineligible for political office until 2030 for spreading electoral disinformation. He met with Orban during the inauguration of Argentina’s right-wing president Javier Miley this year, showcasing their ongoing relationship.

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