Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s Two-Night Stay at Hungarian Embassy Raises Eyebrows over Alleged Coup Plot

Ongoing investigation as Bolsonaro seeks refuge in Hungarian embassy

Brazilian police are currently investigating the reasons behind former president Jair Bolsonaro’s two-night stay at the Hungarian embassy in Brasilia last month. This occurred immediately after his passport was confiscated in an investigation into an alleged plot to stage a military coup. The investigation was ordered by Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes after Bolsonaro’s defeat by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Security camera footage showing Bolsonaro entering the Hungarian embassy on February 12-14 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 denies any involvement in this alleged plot and claims that he simply wanted to maintain contact with officials of a friendly country and receive updates on political matters during his time at the embassy.

Moraes gave Bolsonaro until Wednesday to explain the purpose of his stay at the embassy, but no official statement from him has been released yet. It is unclear what evidence Moraes has against Bolsonaro or whether this investigation will lead to any legal action against him.

Bolsonaro, who is no longer in power, has maintained close relations with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is also a nationalist and political ally of Bolsonaro. Last year, a Brazilian court ruled him ineligible for political office until 2030 for spreading electoral disinformation. He also faces potential criminal charges related to his covid-19 vaccination certificate. Despite these challenges, it appears that Bolsonaro remains committed to continuing his political career and maintaining close relationships with like-minded leaders around the world.

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