In Brazil, Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) Judge Carmen Lucia Antunes stated that former President Bolsonaro was found guilty and announced that all his political rights by 2030 were taken away by a majority of votes.
It has been reported that the far-right Bolsonaro, who announced that he wants to be a candidate again in the next presidential elections, is preparing to appeal to the TSE.
Speaking to the Itatiaia radio a few hours before the decision, Bolsonaro stated that he would appeal to the Supreme Court if a “political ban” decision was issued against him.
Bolsonaro’s lawyer, Tarcisio Vieira, in his statement on June 23, argued that the accusations were unfounded and that his client did nothing but express his views on the electoral system in the country.
Bolsonaro has been accused of attacking the personal rights of Supreme Electoral Court members, abuse of office and abuse of the media, for calling the 2022 electoral system “fraudulent” and meeting with ambassadors while he was president.
Bolsonaro said in an interview with CNN Brasil on June 21 that the case was “insignificant”, trying to create a storm in a glass of water.
In his meeting with the ambassadors, Bolsonaro argued that he did not “cheat” the electoral system and did not insult the members, and stated that he only shared with the ambassadors how the electoral system works.
Jair Bolsonaro, although he did not have any evidence at that time, argued that the electronic election system used in the country since 1996 was suspicious, claimed that the 2022 elections would be suspicious, and insisted on the use of printed ballot papers.