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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