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Covid inquiry to scrutinize financial and phone records of targets

Senators during Covid inquiry session. Photo: Jefferson Rudy/SF/ACS/CC BY 4.0
Senators during Covid inquiry session. Photo: Jefferson Rudy/SF/ACS/CC BY 4.0

Today, the Senate’s Covid hearings committee approved a series of requests to access the phone and banking records of targets under investigation. Senators will have access to call logs and messages exchanged, as well as emails, contact lists, and all content on laptops, cell phones, and other devices.

The list of targets includes former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, former Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo, as well as businessmen, companies, doctors, current and former officials, and employees linked to the Jair Bolsonaro administration. 

The targets are believed to be a part of groups which provided the president with “unofficial” advice on health policies during the pandemic. Senators believe accessing the data will help determine how this group operated.

The committee will also scrutinize the tax and banking records of specific advertising companies to investigate the sending of mass messaging campaigns containing falsehoods related to Covid-19 treatment.