Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes decided to extend the investigations against Bolsonaro for his alleged political interference in the Federal Police and also gave the Attorney General, Augusto Aras, five days to rule on the requirement for the President to give a statement.
Bolsonaro asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to suspend the investigations and said he refused to give a statement.
The case against the president dates back to April, when former Justice Minister Sérgio Moro accused Bolsonaro of interfering in the direction of the Federal Police in order to control investigations that affected his children.
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Sérgio Moro resigned as Justice Minister on April 24, accusing the far-right President of meddling in the PF by removing Maurício Valeixo, then director general of the agency, and demanding the change of command of the Superintendency in Rio de Janeiro.
The investigation was authorized by the STF on April 27, three days after Moro announced his resignation from office.
During these months, the PF questioned dozens of people, including ministers, police commissioners and former deputies of the ruler.
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According to Brazilian law, the President of the Republic can only answer to justice for acts that have occurred during his mandate.
If the investigation is authorized by the STF, it would be necessary for the attorney general to denounce Bolsonaro, so that the case goes to the Chamber of Deputies, which must vote whether or not to accept the request. If accepted, Bolsonaro could lose office.
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