After six months and 81 indictment requests, Senate wraps Covid inquiry

Senators brought charges against President Bolsonaro for nine crimes, but the prosecutor general will decide whether the head of state will be indicted

Protesters accuse President Jair Bolsonaro of genocide. Photo: BW Press/Shutterstock

Created in April to investigate the Jair Bolsonaro government’s pandemic response, the Brazilian Senate’s Covid inquiry has officially reached its end. On Tuesday evening, the committee’s 11 members approved its final report in a predictable 7-4 vote, which followed a split established early on between pro-government senators and independent lawmakers who set out to hold the president accountable for his do-nothing approach to the deadliest health crisis in Brazil’s recent memory.

A first draft of the investigation’s final report, presented last week, recommended 68 indictments. In the committee’s last meeting, however, 13 more individuals were added to the list,...

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