In Brazil, Senator Chico Rodrigues resigned after police searched his home as part of an investigation into embezzled money to fight covid-19. According to local media, police found thousands of Brazilian reals in the underwear he was wearing.
The local media wrote that the police found 100,000 reals (over 415 thousand crowns) in Rodrigues’ house, while they found 30,000 reals (over 124 thousand crowns) in his underwear. Local media referred to anonymous sources familiar with the investigation.
Rodrigues refused to do anything illegal. “I believe in justice and I can prove that I have nothing to do with an illegal act,” he said. He did not comment on the information about the money in his underwear.
The federal police focused on a senator from the state of Roraima in the investigation of the alleged embezzlement of 20 million reals (over 83 million crowns) from funds intended to combat the covid-19 disease.
The case of Rodriguez, who, according to The Guardian, is an ally of President Jair Bolsonar, casts another shadow over Brazil’s head of state and his promise to fight crime and corruption. This year, Justice Minister Sergio Moro resigned, accusing the president of attempts to interfere in the work of the police.