The commission of inquiry into the pandemic in Brazil approves the report accusing Bolsonaro of “crimes against humanity”

The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) into the management of the pandemic in Brazil approved the final report this Tuesday, accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of a total of nine crimes, including “crimes against humanity”.

The ICC set up in the Senate has given the report by the Commission’s main rapporteur, Senator Renan Calheiros, the green light with seven votes in favor and four against, according to the Brazilian media G1.

The approval of the report, which the commission completes six months of work, implies filing charges against a total of 78 people, including Bolsonaro, and two companies, for various crimes committed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commission of inquiry into the pandemic in Brazil approves the report accusing Bolsonaro of “crimes against humanity”
The commission of inquiry into the pandemic in Brazil approves the report accusing Bolsonaro of “crimes against humanity”

The 1,290-page report is now being sent to the country’s judiciary, the Supreme Court and the Brazilian public prosecutor’s office, but also to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague so that the applications can be examined.

Specifically, the document calls on these organizations to accuse Bolsonaro of nine crimes related to the pandemic, the commission of an epidemic crime resulting in death, violation of preventive health measures, quackery, excuses, improper use of public funds, incitement to criminal private documents, offenses against responsibility and crimes against humanity – Judged by the ICC -.

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

With regard to Bolsonaro, he also demands that the Senate’s lawyers demand his removal from social networks because of his “relevant role” in spreading false reports about the pandemic.

“Bolsonaro’s actions have shown little commitment to the effective fight against the pandemic and thus to the preservation of the life and physical integrity of thousands of Brazilians (…). In normal times this would only be an example of despicable pseudoscience.” Yet in the midst of a global pandemic, (the President) worked together to create a monstrous tragedy, ”Calheiros wrote in the report.

On the other hand, the text also calls for charges against the President’s three sons and government ministers, including current health chief Marcelo Queiroga; or the former minister of the same department Eduardo Pazuello, as well as the former foreign minister Ernesto Araújo.

The report also accuses business people, doctors and federal MPs, as well as two companies that have signed contracts with the Department of Health, Need Medicines and VTCLog.

In addition, Amazon Governor Wilson Lima and former health minister of the same state Marcellus Campelo were added in a latest update to the list of charges this Tuesday along with another dozen advisors and former officials from the Ministry of Health. The Amazon was one of the regions hardest hit by the pandemic and reached the total collapse of its health system.

VOTE AND DISCUSSION

Approval of the report closed a seven-hour debate among ICC senators, among which the Planalto Palace allies have expressed their refusal to consider Bolsonaro as responsible for the exacerbation of the pandemic.

You have refuted the thesis and called for an investigation into the actions of governors and mayors, although this demand was not voted on because the Calheiros report was first given the green light.

In particular, the Senators Eduardo Braga, Humberto Costa, Omar Aziz, Otto Alencar, Randolfe Rodriguez, Tasso Jereissati and Calheiros voted in favor of the final report. On the contrary, Eduardo Girao, Jorginho Mello, Marcos Rogério and Luis Carlos Heinze voted against, who was included in the list of allegations in the first part of the debate, but who finally decided to take his name in the end of the session.

After the vote, the result was announced and a minute’s silence was observed for coronavirus victims in the country, an action carried out at the request of Senator Eliziane Gama.

The ICC has no power to denounce or punish, but approval of its report will trigger an investigation by the relevant institutions.

Brazil is one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 21.7 million people infected and more than 600,000 deaths from the pandemic, which was repeatedly minimized by Bolsonaro, whom he criticized for imposing restrictive measures and has campaigned for the treatment of the disease with drugs that have been scientifically proven to be ineffective.

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