Brazilian senators abandon call for homicide charges against President Bolsonaro

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The allegations first surfaced in a nearly 1,200-page draft report leaked to Granthshala by a representative of Brazil’s Senate Epidemic Parliamentary Inquiry (CPI).

The draft report effectively blames Bolsonaro’s policies for the deaths of more than 300,000 Brazilians – half of the country’s Covid-19 death toll, the highest in the world after the United States.
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Late on Tuesday, at the end of a meeting, CPI president Sen. Omar Aziz said that allegations of genocide against Brazil’s indigenous communities had to be dropped from the text due to a lack of consensus.

“What we agreed on is the issue of genocide, which was withdrawn. I think it’s for the better,” Aziz told reporters. Was.”


CPI vice-president Sen. Randolph Rodrigues said the recommendation for charges of “mass murder” would also be dropped and replaced with charges of “pandemic resulting in death,” Granthshala Brasil reported.

Bolsonaro will still have to respond to charges of crimes against humanity, abetment to commit crimes and “charlatanism” over his handling of the pandemic.

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The final document is expected to be officially presented in Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday and will vote next week.

Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to Granthshala’s request for comment. The president, who is up for re-election next year, has previously criticized the investigation into his handling of the pandemic as politically motivated.

In July, Bolsonaro accused the CPI of ignoring other allegations of corruption across Brazil to focus on him and his government.

Bolsonaro said, “They want to accuse me of genocide. Now, tell me in which country people have not died? This CPI has no credibility.”

He also said then that he was “sorry for the dead, but those who were healthy were much less likely to die.”

Bolsonaro has long downplayed the severity of the virus, and has argued for the need to prioritize Brazil’s economic health. He tested positive for Covid-19 in 2020.

Reporting was contributed by Granthshala’s Rodrigo Pedroso and Shasta Darlington in Sao Paulo and Samantha Beach in Atlanta.


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