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Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered a 90-day hearing to determine whether Jair Bolsanaro was abusive in purchasing vaccines against COVID-19.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro (REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino)

There will be an office of the Attorney General of Brazil Within 90 days To investigate possible abuses by the President, Jair Bolzano, During vaccination talks against COVID-19, the Supreme Court reported this Saturday.

That period was established by the Magistrate Rosa Weber, A member of the Supreme Court who approved the trial, which Negotiations should establish whether the President committed premeditated and other offenses To purchase the vaccine Covaxin, Manufactured by Bharat Biotech, an Indian pharmaceutical company.

The suspicions were encouraged by a Senate commission It is trying to determine whether the government is responsible for the deterioration From an epidemic that has already killed more than 520,000 Brazilians.

In the case of the Indian vaccine, The parliamentary committee said there was evidence that Bolzano had ignored information provided to him by a pro-government deputy about irregularities in the purchase purpose agreement., Which was put on hold only when suspicions surfaced by the Commission and local press.

That document, thought 20 million dose of covaxin, Was a value $ 420 million And, at other points of doubt, There was a one-sided agreement to receive a portion of the payment from a Singapore-based company not listed in the contract.

A covaccine vaccine (EFE / EPA / JAGADEESH NV / File)
A covaccine vaccine (EFE / EPA / JAGADEESH NV / File)

He added, “Intermediary“A Brazilian businessman is already under investigation for corruption. In 2016, he” sold “a batch of drugs to the health ministry that he had never delivered.

If the prosecutor’s office finds conclusive evidence against Bolzano, To file a complaint in the Supreme Court It, if it gets, You can only begin an inquiry with the consent of a two-thirds majority of the full session of 513 delegates.

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In that case, The Supreme Court must complete the trial and the President will be suspended from his activities within 180 days that he will be dismissed if found guilty..

However, If the Chamber of Deputies does not approve of this process, the case will do nothing, and Bolzano will continue to rule..

Doubts about the government’s responsibility in anticipation of an epidemic that Bolsanaro still denies have emboldened the Brazilian opposition, which this week called on Congress to reopen an investigation aimed at ousting the president, which was called throughout the protests this Saturday in support of that demand.

In the picture, Eduardo Basuello, the former Minister of Health of Brazil.  EFE / Joédson Alves / Archive
In the picture, Eduardo Basuello, the former Minister of Health of Brazil. EFE / Joédson Alves / Archive

Brazilian prosecutor condemns ex-health minister Eduardo Fazullo’s release from epidemic

The Brazilian public prosecutor’s office filed a complaint with a judge this Friday against the country’s former health minister Eduardo Pasuello There are said to be deficiencies in managing the infection and in purchasing vaccines against the corona virus.

In a complaint signed by eight lawyers, the Union Ministry of Public Works (MPF) pointed to six “attitudes” of the former minister, “Emission” and “Indifference” In negotiations to obtain vaccines, it is an administrative malpractice offense.

Thus, Pasuello is asked to respond to a judge for “violating the principles of administration” and damage to public patriotism.It adds up to nearly 122 million rice (about $ 24.2 million).

The former minister’s neglect and indifference in negotiating vaccination talks is costly to the communityHe highlighted the lawyers in a press release.

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“The former health minister’s opposition to hiring and acquiring vaccines, or negotiating with the necessary advance or planning, is unreasonable and unreasonable,” they added.

After the fall of his predecessors due to differences with Bolsanaro over strategies to fight the epidemic, Basuello, an army general without medical training, has been in charge of the department since May 2020.

(With information from EFE)

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