Bolsonaro seeks refuge at Hungarian embassy while passport is confiscated; investigation continues

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s mysterious stay at Hungarian embassy sparks investigation after election loss

In October 2022, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lost the election to leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Following his defeat, an investigation into an alleged plot to stage a military coup was launched against him. As a result, his passport was confiscated and he was ordered by Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes to explain the purpose of his stay at the Hungarian embassy in Brasilia between February 12 and 14.

Former president Bolsonaro denied any involvement in the coup plot, but former army and air force commanders stated that he had asked them to join the plans. It is not clear if there were any concrete evidence of this or if it was just based on their own statements. The police had seized Bolsonaro’s passport on February 8 and accused him of various charges related to the coup plot.

The former president’s stay at the Hungarian embassy was first reported by the New York Times based on security camera footage. Bolsonaro’s lawyer claimed that he was there to maintain contact with officials of a friendly country and receive updates on the political horizon of the two nations. However, it is unclear what exactly he meant by “friendly country” or how he maintained contact with them during his stay at the embassy.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been in power for over 14 years and is known for his nationalist policies. The Hungarian embassy in Brasilia did not respond to requests for comment on the matter, despite its political ally being investigated in Brazil. Bolsonaro has continued to maintain close relations with Orban even after leaving office, calling him his “brother” during a visit to Budapest in 2022. Despite facing legal challenges and possible criminal charges, Bolsonaro remains active in political circles both domestically and internationally, using his connections with leaders like Orban to continue influencing events around him.

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