Bolsonaro defends ex-education minister arrested on corruption charges

24/6/2022 5:20:00 AM

He claims the former minister should not have been arrested and called the investigation 'frivolous'.

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He claims the former minister should not have been arrested and called the investigation 'frivolous'.

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that the arrest of former education minister Milton Ribeiro was an attempt to weaken the government and vowed to support him.

"I still believe in Milton, if something comes up, he will answer for his actions," said the president in his weekly live public address, adding the arrest was an attempt"to wear down the government."Ribeiro, an evangelical pastor, was released on Thursday, one day after being arrested by the Federal Police.

He resigned in March after allegations surfaced that he gave preferential treatment to two pastors for educational funding in return for bribes.There were also questions over a payment made between Ribeiro's wife and the daughter of another pastor, thought to have involved the sale of a car.

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The president said the former minister, who is under investigation for suspected corruption involving education funds, should not have been arrested and called the investigation"frivolous".Police in the city of Sousse seized Jebali's phone and his wife's phone and took him to an unknown location, a statement by his family posted on Facebook said.for the latest news you need to know.× Copy URL Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim is facing three charges of receiving bribes and 10 charges of money laundering.

"I still believe in Milton, if something comes up, he will answer for his actions," said the president in his weekly live public address, adding the arrest was an attempt"to wear down the government." Ribeiro, an evangelical pastor, was released on Thursday, one day after being arrested by the Federal Police. The ministry called a press conference for Friday, without giving any details. He resigned in March after allegations surfaced that he gave preferential treatment to two pastors for educational funding in return for bribes. “For the court’s information, the decision on Abdul Azeez’s application at the Court of Appeal to strike out all his charges was set on July 1,” she said at case mention proceedings before Sessions Court Judge Azura Alwi. There were also questions over a payment made between Ribeiro's wife and the daughter of another pastor, thought to have involved the sale of a car. Saied said the move was temporary and was needed to save Tunisia from what he saw as a corrupt, self-serving elite. Bolsonaro downplayed the allegations and said he would put his face"in the fire" for Ribeiro, later clarifying he would only put his hand in. Azeez’s lawyer, Hamzah Arshad, confirmed the representation.

The evangelical sect is among Bolsonaro's most loyal supporter bases. Jebali was prime minister in 2012 and resigned in 2013 following a political crisis. Abdul Azeez, 55, is facing three charges of receiving bribes worth RM5. (Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Writing by Carolina Pulice; Editing by Isabel Woodford and Stephen Coates) Article type: free .