Brazilian senators drop call for homicide charges against president – .

Brazilian senators drop call for homicide charges against president – .

The charges first appeared in a nearly 1,200-page draft report leaked to CNN by a representative of the Brazilian Senate (ICC) parliamentary investigation into the pandemic.

The draft report effectively blames Bolsonaro’s policies for the deaths of more than 300,000 Brazilians – half of the country’s Covid-19 death toll, which is the highest in the world after the United States.

Late Tuesday at the end of a meeting, CPI President Senator Omar Aziz said genocide allegations against Brazilian indigenous communities should be dropped from the text, due to a lack of consensus.

“What we agreed on was the genocide issue, which was withdrawn. I think it’s for the best. (The author of the report) Senator Renan Calheiros heard everyone’s arguments, it was very clear, ”Aziz told reporters.

CPI Vice President Senator Randolfe Rodrigues said the recommendation of “mass murder” charges would also be dropped and replaced with “epidemic leading to death” charges, CNN Brasil reported.
Bolsonaro will still have to respond to allegations of crimes against humanity, incitement to commit crimes and “quackery” regarding his handling of the pandemic.

The final document is expected to be officially presented to the Brazilian Senate on Wednesday and voted on next week.

Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. The president, who is running for re-election next year, has previously criticized the investigation into his handling of the pandemic as politically motivated.

In July, Bolsonaro accused the CPI of ignoring other allegations of corruption across Brazil to focus on him and his government.

“They want to accuse me of genocide. Now tell me in which country did people not die? This ICC has no credibility, ”Bolsonaro said.

He also said he was “sorry for the dead, but healthy people were unlikely to die”.

Bolsonaro has long played down the severity of the virus and argued for the need to prioritize Brazil’s economic health. He tested positive for Covid-19 in 2020.

Reporting provided by Rodrigo Pedroso and Shasta Darlington of CNN in Sao Paulo, and Samantha Beech in Atlanta.


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