Brazilian authorities are investigating former President Jair Bolsonaro’s two-night stay at the Hungarian embassy in Brasilia last month. This comes after his passport was confiscated in connection with an investigation into an alleged plot to carry out a military coup. The investigation was ordered by Supreme Court Justice Alexander de Moraes following Bolsonaro’s victory over leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in October 2022.

Bolsonaro has denied any involvement in the coup plot, but former army and air force commanders said he asked them to join plans, which they refused. The former president’s stay at the Hungarian embassy between February 12 and 14 was first reported by the New York Times based on security camera footage.

After his passport was confiscated on February 8, Bolsonaro was charged with various charges related to the coup plot. Moraes ordered Bolsonaro to explain the purpose of his stay at the embassy to the Supreme Court by a certain deadline. Bolsonaro’s lawyer argued that he was there to maintain contact with officials of a friendly country and get the latest information on the political horizon of the two nations.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Bolsonaro’s nationalist and political ally, has been in power for more than 14 years. The Hungarian Embassy in Brasilia did not respond to requests for comment on the matter. Despite facing legal challenges and possible criminal charges, Bolsonaro remains active in political circles both domestically, as well as internationally.

By Samantha Johnson

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