WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Brazilian senator was allegedly found to have been hiding money “between his buttocks” when police raided his home.
- The operation is part of a corruption probe investigation into the diversion of public funds.
- These public funds were meant for helping combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the northern state of Roraima, Brazil.
As part of a corruption probe, police raided the home of a Brazilian senator allied to far-right president Jair Bolsnaro. Federal police were trying to dismantle a “possible criminal scheme diverting public funds” that were meant to help fight the outbreak of the coronavirus in the northern state of Roraima, where the senator’s home was located.
Quoting sources from the investigation, local media reported that Chico Rodrigues was allegedly caught hiding money in his underwear and “between his buttocks”. The report said the cash the police discovered amounted to 30,000 reais (over $5300).
Meanwhile, Rodrigues issued a statement, saying the police “did their job carrying out a search as part of an investigation in which I’m cited.” However, the senator didn’t mention the alleged hidden money or where police supposedly found it.
He continued on to insist that he had done nothing wrong and complained that his home had been “invaded just for doing my job as a legislator.”
President Bolsnaro accused the media of trying to use the story to indicate corruption in his government.
He argued that the operation that occurred is a “typical example” that should show that corruption doesn’t exist in his government and that they are “tackling corruption no matter who it is.”
In 2018, Bolsnaro promised to eradicate corruption if he was elected. However, since he took office, he’s been faced with several scandals. One of those includes an investigation into his son Flavio, accused of diverting public funds during his term as a state legislator for Rio de Janeiro.
Source: Daily Mail