Brazil’s Supreme Court allows investigation of Prez Bolsonaro’s Kovid-19 response

Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Senate inquiry to proceed with President Jair Bolsonaro’s epidemic, one of two cases dealt with that could affect the leader’s bid for next year’s reunion .

The full court began to weigh the political future of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a potentially powerful opponent of Bolsonaro. One of the judges previously ruled that he had been improperly convicted in a corruption case, a decision that effectively restored his right to run again for the presidency.

The court voted 10–1 Wednesday to uphold Justice Luis Roberto Barroso’s order that the Senate should begin an investigation into Bolsonaro’s handling of the crisis because the necessary number of senators sponsored such calls. The Senate president had tried to delay the investigation citing epidemic health restrictions.

Critics, who are calling for or leading the investigation, say Bolsonaro has confused Brazil’s response to a ban on health activity, thwarting martial resources for vaccines and stimulating drug use, Which do not work against viruses.

Bolsonaro and his colleagues say they are being wrongly blamed for Brazil’s rise in Kovid-19 deaths, a toll that is only on the way to the United States. Brazil’s seven-day average death set a new record on Monday.

The Senate investigation is “an attempt at a political coup against the president,” Sen. Mariso Bittar said in a Twitter post on Wednesday, a Bolsonaro aide.

She too has cried foul as the Supreme Court has issued decisions going against her, resenting her conservative premise that the court exceeded the constitutional limit.

Carlos Mello, a political science professor at Inspar University in Sao Paolo, said the investigation poses a risk to Bolsonaro

“Frustration increases with epidemics as deaths continue to increase. Economic issues are also far from being resolved. And at the same time his administration is fighting over the next year’s budget with its base in Congress, ”Mello said. “The atmosphere of the investigation is not in favor of Bolsonaro.”

The top court last year foiled Bolsonaro’s attempt to overturn local sanctions, which meant slowing down Kovid-19’s progress, ruling that the governor and mayor were free to determine their Kovid-19 protocol Huh.

On Tuesday, a justice also closed parts of four Bolsonaro aimed at loosening gun control.

Brazilian leaders, who have long mitigated the risks of the disease and still condemn the lockdown, have argued that lawmakers should investigate the actions of governors and mayors who were funded by the federal government. He and his colleagues won a partial victory in the Senate on Tuesday when the use of such funds became part of the investigation.

Bolsonaro complained on Wednesday that Justice Barso’s April 8 ruling said the Senate investigation should go ahead, which created an “atmosphere of enmity”.

“That justice is interfering with the Senate to go with me,” he said.

More than 27 senators required had signed a request for an investigation, but Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco refused to approve the investigation, citing health concerns amid the epidemic.

The court on Wednesday also began to consider the decision of Justice Luiz Edson Fachin, dismissing two of Silva’s corruption charges related to the “car wash” scandal centered on the state’s oil company. The trial will continue on Thursday after Justice agreed to 9 votes to 2 that the case should actually be heard in a full court session.

Early voting for the 2022 election shows the 75-year-old leftist, who ruled Brazil between 2003 and 2010, neck-to-neck with Bolsonaro.

Da Silva was leading the elections in 2018, when he was forced out of the race by a convict attached to a beach apartment that prosecutors alleged – and he denied – was his.

Bolsonaro won the election and the judge who convicted Da Silva became Sergio Moro, his minister of justice. One of the top court two panel sided against Da Silva, already ruled by Moro.

The question before the full court now was whether Moro’s court also had jurisdiction to hear the case, and may also evaluate the panel’s finding regarding judicial partisanship.

“The Supreme Court has a chance to make history today, which upholds the punishment and Morrow’s prejudice against him,” said Gleissie Hoffman, president of Da Silva’s Workers Party on Twitter.

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