Brazilian judge freezes more than 1 million euros from accounts of suspected robbery financiers

File – Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro block a highway in Rio de Janeiro in protest of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s election victory. – JOSE LUCENA / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

A Brazilian judge has ordered the freezing of 6.5 million Brazilian reais (about 1.1 million euros) from accounts belonging to those suspected of financing the assault on Congress, the Planalto Palace and the Supreme Court on January 8.

Judge Francisco Alexander Ribeiro, of the Eighth Federal Court of Brasilia, thus ordered the freezing of these assets, which belong to a total of 52 people and seven companies suspected of having financed the transport of the assailants to the Esplanade of the Ministries.

The measure comes after the Prosecutor’s Office filed a request to freeze this amount and «return it to the public coffers for the damages caused to the three branches of government», as reported by the television channel G1.

Ribeiro has indicated that «although the suspects have not participated directly, the thesis that they have financed the transportation of thousands of demonstrators is plausible».