According to investigations by the Federal Police (PF), 4-star general Theophilo Gaspar de Oliveira would have consented to joining the coup d’état in a meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro, in December 2022. Conversations found on the cell phone of Mauro Cid, assistant to orders, revealed the supposed agreement. Theophilo, who held the position of Land Operations Commander until November 2023, was the target of a search and seizure by the PF, under suspicion of involvement in the coup attempt. The investigation indicates that he would be responsible for the employment of the Army Special Operations Command, including the mission of arresting the Minister of the Federal Supreme Court, Alexandre de Moraes.
According to the information gathered, Theophilo would have met with Bolsonaro at Palácio da Alvorada in December 2022, where he would have agreed to join the coup, as long as the president signed the measure. Furthermore, the evidence indicates that the Army Special Forces would be tasked with arresting Alexandre de Moraes as soon as the presidential decree was signed. The general, who was part of the Army High Command until November 2023, would have sought institutional shielding during the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to avoid measures of criminal liability.
The investigations reveal the alleged attempt to maintain strategic members in positions of power even after the change of government, aiming to control the military operational force and rely on hierarchical superiors who could avoid measures of criminal liability. Theophilo, promoted to 4-star general in 2019, retired in November 2023, leaving the Land Operations Command. General Júlio Cesar de Arruda, then commander of the Army, is also mentioned in the conversations investigated.
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