A panel of Brazilian lawmakers could recommend a litany of charges against President Jair Bolsonaro, including homicide, in relation to his government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a leaked Senate report.
Bolsonaro could face up to 13 criminal charges linked to policies that allegedly allowed the coronavirus to spread and drive the country’s death toll beyond 600,000, says the leaked 1,200-page Senate document, which was obtained by Reuters, CNN and the New York Times on Tuesday.
While the draft report also recommends charges for 69 other people, including three of Bolsonaro’s sons and other current and former officials, it holds the president “principally responsible for the government’s errors committed during the Covid-19 pandemic,”Say his “reckless” approach to achieve ‘herd immunity’ in Brazil exposed the country to “a concrete risk of mass infection.”
This behavior by the federal government was acceptable as it had a legal obligation to do so.
The president may face additional charges including attempted genocide, malfeasance and irregular use of public money. He could also be charged with inciting crime, homicide, or forgery private documents. This accuses the president of lying to his doctors and promising unproven remedies for Covid-19.
“In spite of all the vaccines that were on offer, the federal government opted not to buy them, a decision that went against all of the scientific studies which demonstrated their safety and effectiveness, and against the advice of all of the epidemiologists who declared on a daily basis that only vaccines would save lives,”Continue reading the draft.
The decision not to acquire vaccines between the months of July 2020 and at least January 2021… ended up claiming the lives of thousands of Brazilians.
The report was prepared by an eleven-member panel, led by Senator RenanCalheiros. It is still in draft and must pass the Senate vote. During which time it can be modified or vetoed. According to Reuters, the vote will be held next week.
“Many of these deaths were preventable,”Calheiros spoke to the New York Times recently about the victims of the pandemic. “I am personally convinced that [Bolsonaro] is responsible for escalating the slaughter.”
Assuming the Senate gave its blessing to the lengthy report, Brazil’s prosecutor general would still have to bring charges, however – yet another obstacle before the president would actually face legal proceedings. Bolsonaro has, however, dismissed the investigation as politically motivated “joke,”He said he was not worried about the findings of it or any possibility of indictment.
The report was issued following a six-month congressional probe into the Bolsonaro administration’s response to the pandemic, which hit the country around February 2020 and has since become one the world’s most severe outbreaks.
Once dubbed the ‘Trump of the Tropics’ for his bombastic style, Brazil’s president has courted controversy in other areas as well in recent weeks. The deforestation “mass destruction”A number of environmental groups have filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court against Bolsonaro for allegedly destroying large swathes the Amazon rainforest. “crimes against humanity,”And requesting that the global body investigate.
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