Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to portray himself as an anti-corruption crusader suffered another blow after police allegedly grabbed a wad of banknotes from the tight buttocks of one of his allies.
Chico Rodrigues, vice-leader of the Brazilian president in the Senate, was reportedly surprised with the package concealed Wednesday during a police search of his home. The raid was part of an operation against the alleged embezzlement of public funds to fight Covid-19.
The Estado de São Paulo newspaper said two sources told it 30,000 reais (more than £ 4,100) were hidden in the underpants of Rodrigues, a senator from the Amazon state of Roraima.
« To give you an idea of how absurd the situation was, some of the recovered notes were stained with feces, ”Revista Crusoé reported., the conservative magazine that broke history.
“It was a very embarrassing scene,” Crusoe said of when the police made their discovery while flogging the senator’s house in Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima.
Brazilians sharing the news under the viral hashtag #PropinaNaBunda (A Bribe up the Bum). Many have suggested that the discovery “in the anal Of the history “.
Rodrigues did not provide any immediate explanation for the contents of his underwear, but denied the wrongdoing, suggesting that his rivals were trying to sully his name.
“I have a clean experience and a respectable life. I have never been involved in any type of scandal ”, insisted the young man of 69 years.
Brazil’s far-right president came to power in 2018 promising to root out political theft after what some have called the biggest corruption investigation in history.
“I don’t believe there is [corruption] in my government, ”Bolsonaro said on Wednesday, threatening to“ give a flying kick to the neck ”of any fraudulent politician.
His administration has been dogged by scandals, including suspicions that one of his son politicians, Flávio, presided over a long corruption racket. Flávio Bolsonaro has denied these allegations.