Brazilian president had a ‘direct’ function in spreading disinformation concerning the electoral course of, a police report says.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had a “direct and related” function in spreading disinformation concerning the nation’s electoral course of throughout stay streams on social media, in accordance with a police doc.
Federal police commissioner Denisse Ribeiro wrote within the doc that Bolsonaro’s streams had a “clear goal” of misguiding Brazilians over the integrity of the nation’s elections, the Reuters information company, which reviewed the police file, mentioned on Friday.
In a political playbook much like one utilized by former US President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro has mentioned a number of instances up to now months that Brazil’s electronic voting system was rigged throughout the 2018 presidential election, which he gained.
He says he ought to have been elected within the first spherical of voting, however by no means offered any evidence of fraud.
He additionally has forged doubt on the integrity of subsequent yr’s elections, implying he won’t settle for the outcomes if the digital system shouldn’t be modified to 1 that features printed receipts that may be recounted.
Bolsonaro’s claims have been rebuffed by Brazilian judicial consultants, and critics have accused the far-right chief – who has seen a drop in popularity amid a COVID-19 disaster in Brazil – of looking for to sow doubt forward of the 2022 vote as a way to dispute the outcomes.
Bolsonaro presently trails former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in opinion polls. Lula, who led Brazil from 2003 to 2010, has 48 p.c of the vote in contrast with 22 p.c for Bolsonaro, in accordance with a ballot printed on Thursday by main agency Datafolha.
Which means if the elections have been held right this moment, Lula would have enough votes to win within the first spherical. Brazilian electoral legislation requires a candidate to win greater than half of all legitimate votes, subtracting clean and spoiled ballots.
Datafolha’s earlier ballot in September discovered Lula with 44 p.c of the vote, in contrast with 26 p.c for Bolsonaro.
Brazil’s president workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Reuters concerning the federal police doc.
Ribeiro famous in her report that the president questioned the actions of a sequence of public employees concerned within the electoral course of, whereas additionally selling misinformation backed by his conservative supporters.
“This investigation allowed us to establish that His Excellency President Jair Messias Bolsonaro had a direct and related motion in selling disinformation, following a sample already utilized by different international locations’ governments,” she mentioned.
The report was despatched to Supreme Court docket Justice Alexandre de Moraes, who’s main an inquiry into pretend information.
The federal police investigation was prompted by a video broadcast by Bolsonaro in August through which he raised various questions concerning the security of the digital voting system utilized in Brazil since 1996.
Neither Bolsonaro nor Lula has formally declared their candidacy for subsequent yr’s presidential election in Latin America’s largest nation.