Brazilian president indicted by international court over torture in 1964-1985

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Brazil’s new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro was indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court on Sunday over torture and disappearances in 1964-1985. The move comes as Bolsonaro…

Brazilian president indicted by international court over torture in 1964-1985

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Brazil’s new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro was indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court on Sunday over torture and disappearances in 1964-1985.

The move comes as Bolsonaro remains embroiled in scandal over allegations of secretly receiving illegal campaign funds ahead of the election last October.

In a court filing, prosecutors accused Bolsonaro of involvement in a campaign of “military repression” in the Amazon as well as ordering executions and crimes against humanity in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Prosecutors are also trying to charge Michel Temer, Brazil’s former president, for crimes against humanity in the São Paulo state and in Brasilia.

The indictment called on Bolsonaro to stop any further acts of repression, as well as to admit the war crimes perpetrated by the military junta and their intelligence agents during the “Franco-Brazilian war of terror” under the dictatorship.

It is the first time the International Criminal Court has charged a sitting government.

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