Police initially discovered 10,000 reais ($1,780) and $6,000 inside a secure in Rodrigues’ home Wednesday, at which level the lawmaker requested if he may go to the toilet, in keeping with the police report, a part of which is included in Barroso’s ruling. As Rodrigues walked away, a police officer seen a big, rectangular bulge beneath the senator’s shorts.
“Discovered inside his underwear, close to his buttocks, had been stacks of cash that totaled 15,000 reais ($2,675),” the report says. The ruling was reviewed by The Related Press.
Requested 3 times whether or not he had any more money stowed, the senator angrily shoved his hand into his underwear to retrieve extra stacks of payments, which totaled 17,900 reais ($3,200), in keeping with the report.
A subsequent police search turned up one other 250 reais ($45) from inside his underwear. There’s video of that search, which Barroso wrote in his ruling he was declining to supply to the senate because it was “effectively inside his (Rodrigues’) intimate clothes″ and will trigger ″larger discomfort.″
Barroso wrote that Rodrigues’ choice to cover the cash indicated impropriety and had raised the potential for decreeing preventative imprisonment. The senate can vote to reverse the suspension.
“My house was invaded for having performed my job as a lawmaker, getting assets for the state to fight COVID-19,” Rodrigues stated in an announcement. “I imagine in justice and I’ll show that I’ve nothing to do with any illicit act.”
Earlier Thursday, Rodrigues resigned as deputy chief of Bolsonaro’s authorities within the senate, in keeping with the nation’s official gazette.
Bolsonaro gained the presidency largely on account of his vow to tackle crime and corruption. Nonetheless, his dedication to crimefighting has confronted skepticism after his justice minister, Sergio Moro, resigned earlier this 12 months, alleging Bolsonaro had sought to intervene improperly within the federal police. There are additionally investigations underway that concentrate on Bolsonaro’s sons, who’re lawmakers.
Late Wednesday, shortly earlier than the primary information report from on-line web site Crusoe appeared in regards to the police raid on Rodrigues’ home, Bolsonaro stated he would ship a kick to the neck of anybody in his authorities discovered to be corrupt.
Within the capital, Brasilia, Bolsonaro repeated his declare Thursday that his authorities hasn’t been marred by the scandals as have earlier administrations. He additionally stated that, not like ministers and heads of state-owned enterprises, Rodrigues doesn’t type a part of his authorities.
“We’re combating corruption; it makes no distinction who the individual is,” Bolsonaro stated when requested about Rodrigues’ case, including the investigation was some extent of satisfaction.
Rodrigues is a member of the joint congressional committee tasked with executing the price range for COVID-19 measures. ___ Biller reported from Rio de Janeiro
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