Brazilian Senate recommends Jair Bolsonaro face criminal charges for managing Covid – .

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Brazilian Senate recommends Jair Bolsonaro face criminal charges for managing Covid – .


Criminal charges have been recommended against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro by a Senate committee for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Senate committee formally approved a report, which marked the culmination of a six-month investigation into government omissions and commissions during the pandemic, in a seven-to-four vote on Tuesday.

The committee consisted of 11 members, most of whom do not support Mr Bolsonaro.

The 1,300-page report recommended indictments against Mr Bolsonaro, two companies and 78 others, including many current and former health administration employees and politicians, including Mr Bolsonaro’s three sons.

The charges include crimes against humanity, charlatanism and inciting crime to embezzle public funds, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Senator Renan Calheiros, lead author of the report, said that “the chaos of Jair Bolsonaro’s government will go down in history as the lowest level of human misery. «

The report’s recommendations will be delivered to the attorney general on Wednesday morning, Senator Omar Aziz, chairman of the investigation, told AP.

Attorney General Augusto Aras’s office said the report would be carefully reviewed immediately upon receipt. However, the laying of charges will depend on Mr. Aras, who is said to be close to the president.

The report accuses Mr Bolsonaro of encouraging mass rallies, failing to enforce mask warrants and playing down the threat of the disease.

The report indicates that by insisting on the antimalarial drug Hydroxychloroquine as the only line of treatment for Covid, Mr. Bolsonaro “has collaborated strongly for the spread of Covid-19 on Brazilian territory”.

The report considered Mr. Bolsonaro “primarily responsible for the mistakes made by the federal government during the pandemic”.

He also said the President spread disinformation during a televised speech last week, where he said people vaccinated in the UK contracted AIDS faster.

Social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, subsequently deleted the video and YouTube blocked Mr Bolsonaro’s channel for a week.

The report also recommended charges of “crimes of responsibility”, which are grounds for impeachment. But impeachment would require a vote in the lower house, which is unlikely as the president of the chamber is seen as the president’s ally.

While an earlier version of the report recommended genocide and homicide charges against Mr Bolsonaro, these were dropped from the final report after opposition from some panel members.

Whether charges are brought against Mr Bolsonaro or not, the report is expected to reach its approval rating, which has already plummeted ahead of the 2022 national elections.

Shortly after the report was officially approved, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, one of the president’s sons, called it “politically motivated.”

The Brazilian president also found support with former US President Donald Trump, who congratulated him.

“Brazil are lucky to have a man like Jair Bolsonaro working for them. He is a great president and he will never let the people of his great country down, ”Trump said in a statement shortly after the Senate committee vote.

Committee vice-chairman Randolfe Rodrigues, however, said the process of preparing the report put pressure on the Bolsonaro government to step up the pace of vaccinations.

With more than 600,000 deaths, Brazil recorded the second global toll of the pandemic, after the United States.

Mr Bolsonaro maintained he had not mismanaged the pandemic and said he was one of the few world leaders “courageous” enough to challenge political correctness and global health recommendations.

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