Lula dismisses the ‘number two’ of Brazilian Intelligence, suspected of espionage

01/30/2024 The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva POLITICA Europa Press/Contact/Leandro Chemalle

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, dismissed this Tuesday the deputy director of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin), Alessandro Moretti, who is being investigated for his alleged involvement in an illegal espionage network of political adversaries during the government of his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro. Moretti will be replaced by Marco Cepik, who was in charge of the Abin Intelligence School. The directors of seven of the agency’s departments will also be replaced, demonstrating a broad restructuring of the intelligence agency, reports the G1 news portal. This decision took place shortly after Lula defended the departure of the current ‘number two’ of Abin, who has a “relationship” with deputy Alexandre Ramagem, one of the main people investigated in the case, including one of Bolsonaro’s sons, Carlos. Lula had denied that the Bolsonaros were being persecuted, emphasizing that “the Government does not order the Federal Police and much less the Justice Department.” There is an investigation, he had explained, by a Supreme Court judge, “that he is the one who requested a search warrant due to suspicions of misuse of Abin.” Given the discredit of Abin in recent years, one of the first decisions adopted by the new Government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was to remove the military from the agency and make it dependent on the Presidential Cabinet. The decision, although raised during the transition period – due to the Bolsonaro imprint of many of its members – ended up being accelerated after the January 8 attacks on the institutions, amid suspicions and accusations of collusion on the part of the military.

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