Former Brasilia Security Chief Arrested After Returning Home

Brasil­i­a’s for­mer head of pub­lic secu­ri­ty Ander­son Tor­res has been arrest­ed by fed­er­al police after return­ing to Brazil.

Tor­res was in charge of secu­ri­ty in the cap­i­tal when thou­sands of demon­stra­tors stormed the fed­er­al par­lia­ment, the pres­i­den­tial palace and the Brazil­ian Supreme Court on Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 8.

Brazil’s Supreme Court last week issued an arrest war­rant for Tor­res, accus­ing him of con­spir­ing with mob­sters to attack a gov­ern­ment building.

Tor­res denies his involve­ment in the riot.

The Supreme Court also con­demns Tor­res’ inac­tion as head of the cap­i­tal’s security.

Accord­ing to Supreme Court Jus­tice Alexan­dre de Moraes, Tor­res’ “inac­tion was amply evi­denced by the fore­see­abil­i­ty of the gang’s actions and the secu­ri­ty defi­cien­cies that allowed it to enter pub­lic premises.”

Accord­ing to the Brazil­ian Fed­er­al Police, Tor­res land­ed at an air­port in the met­ro­pol­i­tan area at 7:15 local time (10:15 Japan time) and was tak­en into custody.

Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Luis Ina­cio Lula da Sil­va has accused allies of his pre­de­ces­sor Jair Bol­sonaro of aid­ing the raid on the pres­i­den­tial palace.

Lula said it was the com­plic­i­ty of humans with­in the pres­i­den­tial office that allowed the mob to enter gov­ern­ment build­ings, and vowed to screen offi­cials to improve security.

Tor­res, who served as Bol­sonaro’s jus­tice min­is­ter, claims he has a bad conscience.

Pres­i­dent Lula’s Jus­tice Min­is­ter Flavio Dino said on Fri­day that author­i­ties would ask Tor­res to return to Brazil by Mon­day or he would be hand­ed over.

When police vis­it­ed Tor­res’ home, they found doc­u­ments pur­port­ed­ly seek­ing to over­turn the results of the Octo­ber election.

Tor­res said the doc­u­ment was tak­en out of con­text, but said last week’s riots were the most bit­ter day of his per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al life, and he will return to Brazil to pro­tect him­self. Stated.

He was vaca­tion­ing with his fam­i­ly in Mia­mi when the riots broke out, but left on Fri­day night to return to Brasilia.

Brazil’s Sen­a­tor Ran­dolph Rodriguez said Tor­res’ arrest was “anoth­er warn­ing to those who have plot­ted against the law for the last four years.”

“Brazil is send­ing a mes­sage to the world that it will not tol­er­ate a coup,” Rodriguez added in a tweet.

After the riots, Brazil­ian judi­cial author­i­ties ordered the arrest of oth­er high-rank­ing offi­cials and police com­man­der Fabio Augus­to was dismissed.

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