CNN Brasil has received draft excerpts from a congressional inquiry that accuses Bolsonaro and other government officials of allowing the deadly coronavirus to spread through the population in the hope of obtaining collective immunity.
More than 600,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Brazil, which has the second-largest death toll in the world after the United States.
The excerpts show that the inquiry report does blame the policies of the Bolsonaro administration for more than half of those deaths and calls for murder charges against the president.
However, some parts of the draft document could still be modified or updated before its formal presentation.
“With this behavior, the federal government, which had a legal obligation to act, accepted the deaths of Brazilians,” he said.
The draft report also recommends criminal charges against 69 other people, including three of Bolsonaro’s sons and many current and former government officials.
The nearly 1,200-page final document is expected to be officially discussed in the Brazilian Senate on Wednesday, the Brazilian Senate (ICC) parliamentary investigation into the pandemic told CNN.
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 himself tested positive for Covid-19 in 2020.
The CPI’s parliamentary inquiry into the Brazilian government’s response to Covid-19 began in May. He relied on testimonies from former senior health officials, including former health ministers Luiz Henrique Mandetta and Eduardo Pazuello, and uncovered explosive allegations of alleged corruption, including purchase prices for vaccines swollen.
In her testimony, Mandetta also said that the government knew early on that its approval of the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine had little factual basis. “The government knew it was prescribing chloroquine without any scientific evidence,” he heard this spring.
Bolsonaro is now directly accused of committing at least 11 crimes in the leaked ICC report, which alleges the president is responsible for crimes against humanity, incitement to crime and “quackery”.
If approved by the Senate Committee next week, the report would be sent to Attorney General Augusto Aras, who would then have 30 days to announce any action arising from the report. Aras, widely seen as an ally of Bolsonaro, should not accuse the president of murder.
Reporting provided by Rodrigo Pedroso of CNN in Sao Paulo and Samantha Beech in Atlanta.