The Superior Federal Court (STF) ordered on Wednesday to investigate the president Jair Bolsonaro for crimes of “slander” and “incitement to crime”, among other causes related to their questioning without evidence of the electronic voting system in Brazil.

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The decision responds to a request from the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), which on Monday also opened an investigation against the far-right president for its constant attacks on the legitimacy of the electronic voting system, leaving doubts about the holding of the presidential elections next year.

A senatorial commission is also investigating the chaotic government management of the endemic, which has already left more than 560 thousand dead in Brazil, while the Prosecutor is investigating whether the president committed a crime of “prevarication”, on suspicion that he did not denounce an attempted corruption in negotiations to purchase the Indian vaccine against covid Covaxin.

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Bolsonaro, who seeks the re-election in 2022, has been questioning for years the reliability of the electronic ballot boxes, in force since 1996, and has campaigned in favor of having a printed vote as well.

The STF judge Alexandre de Moraes cited among the causes of the complaint on Wednesday the live broadcast of the president on Facebook last Thursday, when he affirmed, among other things, that there was fraud in the last two presidential elections and that he should have won in the first round in 2018.

De Moraes thus decided to include Bolsonaro in the investigation opened in 2019 by the STF to investigate false news, offenses and threats to several of its judges.

“From false information, repeatedly repeated through social networks and the like, a narrative is formulated that delegitimizes democratic institutions and encourages groups of sympathizers to attack people who represent the institutions,” wrote De Moraes.

Three of the eleven STF judges, including De Moraes, are also TSE judges.

With information from AFP

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