A right-wing politician and supporter of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has violently resisted his arrest by police, injuring two officers with a grenade. Former MP Roberto Jefferson was about to be taken away by police from his home in the town of Levy Gasparian, Rio de Janeiro state, when he fired the grenades, authorities said on Sunday.
Jefferson's jail sentence was ordered by the Supreme Court for violating the terms of his house arrest. The house arrest against the ex-MP was imposed because he had rudely insulted a judge in the online networks.
According to the police, the politician holed himself up in front of the officers in his house for eight hours. He had used "firearms and explosives" in his resistance to the arrest. After "intensive negotiations", Jefferson was finally arrested. He now has to answer to charges of attempted homicide.
The two officers were not seriously injured, according to the police. They are said to be in good health after their medical care.
Jefferson described himself as a "good friend" of Bolsonaro two years ago. However, the president on Sunday denied having personal ties to the ex-MP. However, Brazilian media have published several photos since Bolsonaro took office in 2019, showing the head of state with Jefferson.
Bolsonaro will face left-leaning ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in a runoff election for the highest office next Sunday. In the first round of voting on October 2, Lula got 48 percent of the votes, Bolsonaro got 43 percent.
The political climate in Latin America's largest country is extremely polarized, and the election campaign is being conducted with very tough bandages. Politically motivated acts of violence have already occurred several times against the background of the election campaign.