Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo/REUTERS
WASHINGTON – The United States (US) has yet to receive a formal request for the extradition of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, but if it does, Washington will review it carefully.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre revealed this to reporters on Wednesday (11/1/2023).
“I am not aware of official requests for information or extradition from the Brazilian government, although, of course if we receive them, we treat them seriously and examine them with the utmost care as is normally done for such requests,” Jean-Pierre said.
Bolsonaro was hospitalized with stomach pains in Florida on Monday and left the hospital the next day.
He plans to go home earlier because Brazilian doctors have a better picture of his condition.
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The development also comes a day after Brazilian Senator Renan Calheiros sent a request to Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes seeking Bolsonaro’s immediate extradition from the US.
According to the senator, the former head of state is responsible for the unrest in Brazil. In addition, Brazil’s Deputy Public Prosecutor Lucas Rocha Furtado has asked the court to freeze Bolsonaro’s assets.
Bolsonaro lost the presidential election in Brazil in October and left for the United States on December 30, a day before his term ends, thus avoiding appointing his successor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
His supporters, who have opposed the election results since their announcement, stepped up their protests last week and attempted to storm several government buildings on Sunday.
Police regained control of the building during the night and arrested more than 400 protesters.