4-star general Estevam Theophilo Gaspar de Oliveira is being investigated by the Federal Police for allegedly having consented to joining the coup d’état. According to investigations, the general would have met with then-president Jair Bolsonaro in December 2022 and agreed to the measure, as long as the president signed it. The general, who was commander of Land Operations and was part of the Army High Command, would have been the target of search and seizure and left his position in November 2023, already under the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The case also involves the alleged participation of other military authorities in planning the coup.
General Theophilo was responsible for employing the Army Special Operations Command and, if the intervention measure were to be implemented, the Army Special Forces would be responsible for carrying out the arrest of Federal Supreme Court Minister Alexandre de Moraes. Investigations indicate that the intention of the soldiers involved was to maintain strategic posts even after the change of government, in order to control the military operational force and avoid measures of criminal liability. General Theophilo would have used his position to seek institutional protection and avoid possible criminal charges.
The Federal Police investigation continues to determine the participation of other military authorities and clarify the details of the alleged coup d’état plan. The case reveals the complexity of relationships between the country’s institutions and the importance of rigorous investigations to guarantee security and democratic stability.
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