Brazil police probe Bolsonaro's ex-intel chief for illegal spying

January 26, 2024

The raids were authorized by Supreme Court justice and electoral court chief Alexandre de Moraes, who was himself an alleged target of the spying. "Federal police have identified the existence of a criminal organization set up to illegally monitor individuals and public authorities... without judicial authorization," the Supreme Court said in a statement. Suspected targets of the alleged illegal spying included Moraes, fellow Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes, former lower-house speaker Rodrigo Maia and then-Ceara state governor Camilo Santana, who is now President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's education minister. The alleged illegal spying also purportedly aimed to help Bolsonaro's son Flavio, a senator, fight off a corruption investigation. Seven federal police officers were also suspended from duty over their suspected involvement in the alleged illegal spying, police said.