Judge Acquits Bolsonaro’s Stabber as Mentally Ill; President Will Appeal

The judge's ruling on the man who stabbed presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro was based on him being deemed criminally incapable due to mental disorders. President Bolsonaro said he would appeal the decision.

By Xiu Ying

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Federal Judge Bruno Savino, on Friday, June 14th, acquitted Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, deemed criminally incapable in the case in which he confessed to stabbing the then-presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, while campaigning in July 2018.

By declaring Adélio Bispo de Oliveira guilty but mentally ill, that is, there are grounds for conviction, but that legal disability for mental disorders warrants alternative measures, the judge ordered him held in a mental facility indefinitely, "until medical experts have proven that he is no longer dangerous".

"Due to the circumstances of the attack . . .

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