Brazil: Bolsonaro dismisses suspicions of corruption against his family

Brazil: Bolsonaro brushes aside suspicions of corruption against his family

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that the press was trying to “reach him 30 days from him; election” with new suspicions of corruption against his family, which he brushed aside.

On Tuesday, the Uol news site published a report showing that members of the Bolsonaro family had acquired 51 properties paid for in whole or in part in cash from 1990 to 2022, for a total amount of nearly 4.8 million dollars. #x27;euros (approximately 6.3 million Canadian dollars).

Why are they doing this against my family? Half of this property belongs to my ex-brother-in-law. What have I got to do with him? We haven't seen each other for ages, said the head of state during an interview with the Jovem Pan channel, whose editorial line is favorable to him.

Uol said Thursday that only eight of 51 properties cited in the report belonged to the brother-in-law in question. Cash payments for large sums are not a crime in themselves, but often raise suspicions as to the legality of their origin.

They're looking for a way to reach me 30 days from the election, but they're not going to get there, the far-right president added , who will seek a second term on October 2.

Randolfe Rodrigues, senator member of the campaign team of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, favorite in the polls for the presidential election, filed a request with the Supreme Court to open an investigation based on the revelations of the Uol website.

Jair Bolsonaro had been elected in 2018 under the promise of zero tolerance against corruption and had surfed on the rejection of a left to the image tarnished by the scandal which affected the public oil company Petrobras.

Last May, a court in Rio de Janeiro dismissed a case involving the president's eldest son, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, accused of embezzlement of public funds when he was a regional deputy.

The investigation focused on the alleged use of a diversion scheme called rachadinha, a term for the existence of ghost employees paid by the Assembly Rio legislature, who would have donated part of their salary to their employer.

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