BRASILIA, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Brazil’s federal police on Friday raided the home of the suspended governor of Brasilia, Ibaneis Rocha, who’s below investigation for failing to forestall the storming of presidency buildings by supporters of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro.

Rocha was faraway from workplace for 90 days by Supreme Courtroom Justice Alexandre de Moraes on Jan. 8 hours after the invasion of the Congress, presidential place and Supreme courtroom by a mob that ransacked the buildings. It was the worst assault on state establishments since Brazil’s return to democracy within the Nineteen Eighties.

“The aim is to hunt proof to assist the inquiry into the conduct of public authorities who might need failed of their obligation to forestall the violent acts that day in Brasilia,” the federal police stated in an announcement.

The raid focused Rocha’s home and workplaces, police stated.

Rocha was not on website in the course of the raid, which was adopted by legal professionals from his protection crew.

“We’re completely calm, there’s nothing to cover. This raid it’s pointless and fruitless,” his lawyer Cleber Lopes stated, including that the governor had no connection to the violence.

The operation drew criticism from legal professionals, as Rocha was head of the Brazilian Bar Affiliation earlier than he turned governor. They stated the might break the confidentiality of his purchasers.

“This isn’t a political subject, however one in all respect for the rights of legal professionals, and of those that have to resort to the follow of regulation,” stated Antonio Carlos de Almeida Castro, a lawyer from Lula’s Staff Celebration.

Earlier, the federal police additionally carried out raids aimed toward “figuring out individuals who participated in, funded or fostered” the protests. It included 24 warrants overlaying 5 states and the capital Brasilia, it stated in an announcement.

Police didn’t disclose the names of those that have been focused by the operation however stated they have been being investigated for the crimes of “violent abolition of the rule of regulation, coup d’état, certified injury, prison affiliation, incitement, destruction and deterioration of specifically protected property”. The warrants have been ordered by the Supreme Courtroom.

Following information of the operations, Justice Minister Flavio Dino praised police investigations into what he referred to as “crimes towards our nation by coup-mongers and their allies”.

“Democracy has received and can win,” stated Dino, who serves below leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Lula narrowly defeated Bolsonaro in an October election. The Brasilia demonstrators have been protesting Bolsonaro’s loss and calling for a army coup to oust Lula and restore the far-right chief.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu and Ricardo Brito; writing by Gabriel Araujo; modifying by Steven Grattan and Alistair Bell

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