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COVID-19: Inquiry By Brazilian Senators recommends President Be Charged With Crimes Against Humanity’

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A culmination of a six-month inquiry has recommended a charge of crime against humanity for President Bolsonaro of Brazil for failing to take charge of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 Brazilians.

Brazil’s confirmed Covid-related death toll is the second-highest in the world – behind only the US.

Initial drafts of the inquiry report had recommended the president be charged with homicide and genocide against indigenous groups.

But these recommendations were dropped from the final 1,200-page report.

The president has called the report politically motivated saying “we know that we are guilty of absolutely nothing, we know that we did the right thing from the first moment,” he said.

Other offences brought against the president are crimes of “epidemic resulting in death”, as well as misuse of public funds.

Out of 11 senators that make up the inquiry, seven of which are critics of President Bolsonaro all need to agree on the charges in order for them to get a majority and ensure the recommendations can be voted on and taken to federal prosecutors who can decide the next step.

The draft report still needs to be voted on by the Senate committee where it could be vetoed and altered, and there is no guarantee it will lead to criminal charges.

The report is believed to have done damage to Jair Bolsonaro’s popularity should in case he plans to run for the second term in Brazil’s 2022 elections.

President Bolsonaro is a strong critic of lockdowns, masks and vaccinations.

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