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Police Recommend Charges Against Bolsonaro for Fake Covid Certificate

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Brazil’s police have recommended charging former President Jair Bolsonaro for allegedly forging his Covid vaccination certificate, intensifying his legal troubles. Here are some details according to The Philippine Star.

Investigation and Allegations

Bolsonaro has been under investigation since last year for allegedly falsifying his Covid vaccination records during his presidency. During this time, he faced criticism for downplaying the severity of the pandemic.. The federal police, in a 231-page report, implicated Bolsonaro and 16 others in a plot to issue false certificates to gain advantages amid the pandemic.

The recommendation for charges has been forwarded to the Attorney General’s office, which will decide whether to prosecute Bolsonaro. The charges under investigation include criminal association and insertion of false data into the public system, both carrying potential imprisonment.

Bolsonaro’s lawyer, Fabio Wajngarten, argued that Bolsonaro, due to personal convictions, never received any Covid vaccine. He argued that issuing false certificates, if done, was without Bolsonaro’s knowledge or instruction. Bolsonaro himself has previously admitted to being unvaccinated and made light of vaccines.

Police Findings

According to the police report, a close aide to Bolsonaro, army colonel Mauro Cid, confessed to entering false data into the health system under Bolsonaro’s instructions. Cid stated that he received orders directly from Bolsonaro to fabricate vaccination certificates for him and his daughter.

Bolsonaro faces a myriad of legal challenges beyond the fake vaccination certificate case. These include allegations of a coup plot to remain in power after losing the 2022 election and misappropriation of gifts from foreign nations. Due to his attacks on the election system, authorities have barred him from holding public office until 2030.

The scandal surrounding Bolsonaro’s alleged fake Covid vaccination certificate adds to the controversies surrounding his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Bolsonaro’s critics have accused him of exacerbating the crisis through his opposition to lockdown measures and dismissive attitude towards the severity of the virus.

As the investigation into Bolsonaro’s alleged forgery of his Covid vaccination certificate unfolds, it further underscores the complexities of his presidency and the legal battles he faces. The outcome of this case will have significant implications for Brazil’s political landscape and Bolsonaro’s future.

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