The decision of Judge Alexandre de Moraes, a member of the highest instance of the Brazilian judiciary, responds to a request by the Senate committee, which in October accused the head of state of having committed serious crimes during the pandemic.
This investigation is in addition to five others opened against Mr. Bolsonaro, but which have so far yielded no results.
The subject of this new investigation: a video in which the far-right president quotes supposedly official reports from the British government which
suggest that people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus develop AIDS
much faster than expected.
This information has been denied by the British government and the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, among other medical organizations.
The video was taken from Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The video platform also decided to suspend Mr. Bolsonaro’s channel for a week.
In August, the STF decided to open an investigation against Jair Bolsonaro for the crimes of
calumny and D’
incitement to crime in a case related to the questioning of the Brazilian electronic voting system.
The president is also subject to other investigations aimed at determining whether he interfered with the federal police in matters concerning members of his family, or for having disseminated on social networks a police report – under seal – regarding an alleged attack on the electoral system.
With less than a year before the presidential election, the popularity rating of the 66-year-old leader has never been so low.