BRASILIA, Brazil — Former President Jair Bolsonaro stated Saturday he intends to return to Brazil “within the following weeks.”
The remark throughout an occasion at an evangelical church in Florida was the primary time that Bolsonaro has made a press release in public about returning dwelling.
The far-right politician has been within the U.S. since arriving in Orlando, Florida, on Dec. 31, the eve of the inauguration of his leftist rival, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, as Brazil’s present president.
Saturday’s occasion was held totally in Portuguese for a Brazilian crowd of Bolsonaro supporters dwelling overseas and was organized by the right-wing group Sure Brazil USA. Bolsonaro was cheered all through the occasion.
There was hypothesis throughout latest weeks on when Bolsonaro would possibly return to Brazil, the place is the topic of a number of investigations into attainable wrongdoing.
He initially entered the U.S. on a one-month diplomatic visa, which ended Jan. 31. He was accompanied by a group of presidential advisers and his spouse, all of whom left Florida final month.
Attorneys for Bolsonaro informed Brazilian media not too long ago that they utilized for a vacationer visa to increase his keep within the U.S.
Amid the hypothesis about Bolsonaro’s plans, one in every of his sons, Sen. Flavio Bolsonaro, informed Brazilian reporters that he didn’t know when his father would return. “It might be tomorrow, it might be in six months, he would possibly by no means return. I don’t know. He’s stress-free,” the son stated.
For the primary time in his greater than three-decade political profession as a lawmaker after which as president, Bolsonaro now not enjoys the particular authorized safety that requires any trial be held on the Supreme Court docket.
Bolsonaro is being investigated in 4 inquiries, which had been within the Supreme Court docket and have been despatched to trial court docket this previous week.
Among the many inquiries is whether or not Bolsonaro had any function in inciting the Jan. 8 riot by his supporters who stormed into authorities buildings within the capital, Brasilia, demanding his election defeat to Lula be overturned.
Investigators are additionally trying into who organized and financed the mass gathering of Bolsonaro supporters, who got here to the capital from throughout Brazil.
One of many investigations held by the Brazilian justice is who’re those answerable for inciting the crimes, in addition to who financed individuals from all around the nation to journey to Brasilia.