Miami, United States:
Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro, who’s beneath investigation for his supporters’ storming of presidency buildings, is in search of a six-month visa to stay in the USA, his lawyer mentioned Monday.
Bolsonaro flew to Florida in late December as his time period ended somewhat than watch the inauguration of his leftist successor President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
He’s understood to have entered on a visa for visiting world leaders, which expires on Tuesday as he’s not on official enterprise.
AG Immigration Group, a California-based legislation agency identified for its work with Brazilians, mentioned that Bolsonaro has requested a six-month visa to remain in the USA.
“We sit up for reaching the best degree of satisfaction and desired outcomes for our shopper,” it mentioned in an announcement.
Bolsonaro had beforehand informed CNN Brasil that he had deliberate to return by the top of January, and was contemplating transferring his departure earlier for well being causes.
The far-right chief was injured in a knife assault in 2018. He has suffered ongoing well being problems from that assassination try, and obtained hospital care throughout his keep in Florida.
However Bolsonaro has since come beneath scrutiny over the January 8 riot within the capital Brasilia by his supporters who refused to simply accept Lula’s victory.
The brand new authorities has ordered a probe of Bolsonaro, who for years has sought to solid doubt on Brazil’s digital voting system, which has traditionally received reward around the globe.
Bolsonaro’s final justice minister, Anderson Torres, was additionally visiting the USA throughout the riot and was arrested on his return.
– Unwelcome for a lot of Democrats –
Requested about Bolsonaro’s utility, the State Division mentioned that visa information are confidential beneath US legislation.
“Due to this fact, we can not talk about the small print of particular person visa circumstances,” a State Division spokesperson mentioned.
1000’s of Bolsonaro backers broke into the presidential palace, Congress and Supreme Court docket buildings in Brasilia in an unsuccessful try to hunt the overthrow of Lula.
A number of lawmakers of Biden’s Democratic Social gathering have publicly referred to as on the administration to ship Bolsonaro again to Brazil, saying he not had a proper to remain in the USA as a visiting head of state.
“The USA should not present shelter for him, or any authoritarian who has impressed such violence in opposition to democratic establishments,” mentioned a letter signed by lawmakers together with Consultant Gregory Meeks, the highest Democrat on the Home International Affairs Committee, and Joaquin Castro, a distinguished progressive Democrat.
Brazilians require visas to enter the USA together with as vacationers.
Bolsonaro was one of many closest worldwide allies of Donald Trump, one other former president dwelling in Florida who has made baseless allegations about electoral fraud.
The Brasilia riot mirrored the January 6, 2021 rebel on the US Capitol by Trump supporters who didn’t settle for his defeat to President Joe Biden.
Steve Bannon, a far-right populist strategist who labored for Trump, has developed shut ties with Bolsonaro’s supporters and raised questions on final yr’s Brazilian election.
Bolsonaro, nonetheless, has largely stored a low profile since flying to Florida. He has been staying close to Disney World on the Orlando house of Brazilian former martial arts champion Jose Aldo and was photographed consuming fried hen alone at a KFC restaurant.
(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)
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