The Brazilian public prosecutor is launching an investigation against Bolsonaro following allegations by a parliamentary commission

Brazilian prosecutors this Thursday opened a preliminary investigation to analyze the final report of the parliamentary commission of inquiry (CPI) on dealing with the pandemic, which was charged with nine crimes, including “crimes against humanity”, of President Jair Bolsonaro.

The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) has confirmed the opening of this investigation to analyze data collected by the ICC against Bolsonaro and twelve other people after the report was presented to Attorney General Augusto Aras on Wednesday.

The 1,300-page document that the commission completes six months of work includes a motion to indict a total of 78 people, including Bolsonaro, and two companies, for various crimes committed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Brazilian public prosecutor is launching an investigation against Bolsonaro following allegations by a parliamentary commission
The Brazilian public prosecutor is launching an investigation against Bolsonaro following allegations by a parliamentary commission

According to the information gathered by the Brazilian newspaper “O Globo”, it is common practice to initiate preliminary inquiries in this type of case, so Aras will analyze the evidence presented by the ICC and decide whether to seek a formal investigation with the Supreme Court (STF) and the Superior Court of Justice (STJ).

In doing so, Aras has drawn attention to ten interim measures, including reviewing the possible existence of ongoing proceedings related to the ICC investigation and notifying prosecutors already involved in pandemic-related proceedings for access to the material to obtain.

The ICC document calls on these organizations to accuse Bolsonaro of nine pandemic-related crimes, the commission of an epidemic crime resulting in death, violation of preventive health measures, quackery, excuses, irregular use of public funds, incitement to crime, falsification of private documents, responsibility crimes and crimes against humanity – judged by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The report includes images of the president’s cheering crowds, statements against vaccines or the president’s support for chloroquine – an ineffective drug against COVID-19 – as evidence. It also describes the delay in obtaining vaccines or the government’s resistance to health measures and the collapse of the system.

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