Covid inquiry requests indictment of Bolsonaro: what comes next?

After almost six months of investigations, senators have accused Jair Bolsonaro of nine crimes for his handling of the pandemic. Now, the ball is in the prosecutor general's court

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After the Covid inquiry’s final report was presented, senators paid homage to the victims of the coronavirus: “The memory will never fade.” Photo: Edilson Rodrigues/SF/CC-BY 4.0

As the Senate’s Covid inquiry presented its final report on Wednesday, Brazil kicked off the process of assigning blame and imposing accountability on those responsible for one of the world’s most disastrous pandemic responses, which resulted in over 600,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths — not to mention the thousands more that experts assume have been unaccounted for.

Atop the report’s list of villains is Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, to whom nine crimes are attributed — of a total of 23 crimes spread around 66 people and two companies — including charlatanism, malfeasance, and crimes against humanity.

“The president repeatedly encouraged people...

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