Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Report Calling for Criminal Charges Against President Jair Bolsonaro Over COVID-19 Handling

A senate committee in Brazil approved a report calling for President Jair Bolsonaro to face criminal charges, including crimes against humanity, for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Oct. 26, seven of the committee’s 11 members voted to support the recommendations contained in a 1,180-page report presented last Oct. 20.

The report, which came after a six-month investigation, called for Bolsonaro to face nine charges, including charlatanism, incitement to commit crimes, and misuse of public funds.

The report also called for the Supreme Court to suspend Bolsonaro’s access to his social media accounts for propagating false information about COVID-19 and the vaccines.

The report also called for the indictment of 77 other people, including several ministers.

Senator Omar Aziz, the chairperson of the committee, will now send the report to the Attorney General’s Office.

However, Attorney General Augusto Aras, a Bolsonaro appointee, is expected to protect the president and not pursue the charges.

The committee is also expected to send a copy of the report to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands for the charge of crimes against humanity.

Bolsonaro has dismissed the report, maintaining that he was “guilty of absolutely nothing.”

“We know that we did the right thing from the first moment,” Bolsonaro said last week.

According to government data, over 606,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Brazil — the second highest number of deaths in the world, coming after the United States.


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