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Coronavirus Pandemic, Health

Brazil senators recommend Bolsonaro face charges over COVID

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A Brazilian Senate committee recommended on Tuesday that President Jair Bolsonaro face a series of criminal indictments for actions and omissions related to the world’s second highest COVID-19 death toll.

10/27/2021 2:54:00 AM

A Brazil ian Senate committee is recommending that President Jair Bolsonaro be indicted for allegedly bungling the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether to file charges would be up to Brazil 's prosecutor-general, a Bolsonaro appointee.

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A Brazil ian Senate committee recommended on Tuesday that President Jair Bolsonaro face a series of criminal indictments for actions and omissions related to the world’s second highest COVID-19 death toll.

If approved, the decision on whether to file charges would be up to Brazil’s prosecutor-general, a Bolsonaro appointee who is widely viewed as protecting the president. The allegation of crimes against humanity would need to be pursued by the International Criminal Court.

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Regardless of whether the report leads to charges, it is expected to fuel criticism of the divisive president, whoseapproval ratings have slumpedahead of his 2022 reelection campaign — in large part because of Brazil’s outsize COVID-19 death toll. The investigation itself has for months provided a drumbeat of damaging allegations.

Since the start of the pandemic, Bolsonaro has sabotaged local leaders’ restrictions on activity aimed at stopping the virus’ spread, saying the economy needed to keep humming so the poor did not suffer worse hardship. He also has insistently touted an anti-malaria drug long after broad testing showed it isn’t effective against COVID-19, assembled crowds without wearing masks and sowed doubt about vaccines.

Bolsonaro has defended himself by saying he was among the world’s only leadersand global health recommendations, and that he hasn’t erred in the slightest.Report author Sen. Renan Calheirosfirst presented the nearly 1,200-page report last week.It says that by insisting on treatment with the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as “practically the only government policy to fight the pandemic, Jair Bolsonaro strongly collaborated for COVID-19′s spread in Brazilian territory” and as a result is “the main person responsible for the errors committed by the federal government during the pandemic.”

Committee members in the so-called “G7” group of senators who aren’t from Bolsonaro’s base agreed on most of the points in Calheiros’ report. They met Monday to hammer out final adjustments to the text.Changes include recommending charges for 13 additional people, many of them former or current Health Ministry employees, as well as the governor of hard-hit Amazonas state, according to Calheiros. The final report recommends charges against two companies and 79 people, including Bolsonaro, current and former members of his administration, dozens of allies and the president’s three sons, who are politicians.

It also adds an additional violation for allegedly spreading false news following Bolsonaro’s live broadcast on social media last weekclaiming incorrectly that people in the U.K. who received two vaccine doses are developing AIDS faster than expected, the senator told the AP.

Committee approval is needed before the report goes to the office of Prosecutor-General Augusto Aras, who could ask the Supreme Court for authorization to carry the investigation forward and eventually pursue charges. His office said the report will be carefully reviewed as soon as it is received.

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The report also contains recommendations for two counts of “crime of responsibility”, which are grounds for impeachment. Lower House Speaker Arthur Lira, a staunch Bolsonaro ally, would need to bring a vote on whether to open impeachment proceedings. That’s highly unlikely, considering Lira is currently sitting on more than 120 other impeachment requests, according to information from the Lower House.

Bolsonaro’s son, Sen. Flávio Bolsonaro, told journalists Tuesday the report is legally weak and politically motivated.“The intent of some senators on the investigative committee is to cause the maximum amount of wear and tear on the president,” he said.

Anhad recommended the president also be indicted for homicide and genocide, but that was scrapped even before its presentation last week. Some committee members opposed their inclusion while others expressed concern that bombastic claims could undermine the report’s credibility.

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There needs to be accountability for the folks who blew the Covid response. From Trump, to pence, to Kushner on down. It was the greatest national security and public health failure in American history. And we need justice to heal and honor the lost. Now do Trump. Well good for the Brazilians!! Too bad we can't hold Trump accountable for his purposeful and total mismanagement of Covid_19 here in the USA! TrumpLiedPeopleDied

I have spoken to many Brazilian people. They love him. He is against the vaccine and restrictions. He is for freedom. He is going against the narrative and this is why the press is against him. Sure some Brazilian people will say otherwise. I like freedom. Unfortunately not likely that it’ll actually happen, but will be great if it does

covid response similarities from 45 and bolsonaro are so obvious, no wonder the cheeto is lavishing praise on him... maybe since his loss, strokehontas let jair in to be the bottom as sort of a comfort buddy, which is sweet & all (yay lgbtqi) but folx are still dying of covid

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Wait, leaders can be held accountable? When did this become a thing IQ45 should face trial at The Hague for his COVID response. He’s still free from interfering with the election in Georgia and inciting a coup, so I’m not getting my hopes up. Bungled ? Here it was a thought through plan. Mendacious Hopefully we end up getting a similar panel, especially when our POTUS did such...

Practice distancing from this spiritually wicked world. Be vaccinated with the gospel truth and Holy Spirit. Obtain a pass to eternal life through Jesus alone. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, As adults, in order to protect their children and more children, patients feel that they have a mission to stand up and tell the truth about vaccines

BS pure an simple. The commite were formed by 7 corrupt people that had no moral to indicted a dog 🐶

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We should do the same with 45. JonLemire So what is the point of trying to indict a murderous authoritarian? To get it on record before he sets the government on fire? Pretty sad when Brazil sets the example for us and even more pathetic that we don't follow it. “Whether to file charges would be up to Brazil's prosecutor-general, a Bolsonaro appointee.” Well, we know how that will turn out….

Brazil's prosecutor-general - Guillermo Barro Ok so it wont happen. I feel like I've seen this movie before.

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