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All eyes on Brazil’s legal system as Bolsonaro faces a Covid reckoning
A damning report on the Brazilian president’s disastrous handling of the pandemic pushes attention on whether lawyers will now go after Jair Bolsonaro
In Rio de Janeiro
Saturday 23 October 2021 18:30
<p>The criminal charges submitted against Mr Bolsonaro could carry a maximum sentence of 78 years behind bars</p>
The criminal charges submitted against Mr Bolsonaro could carry a maximum sentence of 78 years behind bars
The head of the Brazilian Senate committee that claims Jair Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity and imprisoned for his handling of the coronavirus crisis which has killed over 600,000 Brazilians has said he believes charges will be laid against the right-wing president.
Omar Aziz, the president of the Covid parliamentary commission, toldThe Independent that he expects the country’s attorney general to proceed with charges.
There have been some concerns that the attorney general, Augusto Aras, a Bolsonaro appointee who has strong ties to the president might not pursue charges, despite the gravity of the findings by the commission.
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