Two former Bolsonaro ministers suspended the right to telephone secrecy

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The Senate commission that investigates the management of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil decided this Thursday to suspend the right to telephone and telematic secrecy of two former ministers of the Government of Jair Bolsonaro, refers EFE.

The decision, which involves a deepening of the investigation of their actions as ministers, affects former Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo and Army General Eduardo Pazuello, who held the Health portfolio between May 2020 and last March.

In relation to Araújo, it is suspected that his "hostile" attitudes towards China, a country he used to disparagingly refer to as "communist", delayed the arrival in Brazil of medical supplies and even anticovid vaccines produced in the Asian power.

Pazuello's situation is more delicate, since he served as Minister of Health during the period in which the pandemic accelerated and reached the state of uncontrol in which it has been for months.

The commission's decision extends to three advertising companies that have contracts with various Executive bodies and another 16 people linked to the Government, among whom is the Presidency's International Affairs advisor, Filipe Martins.

The parliamentary commission was installed last May and tries to establish whether the Government has any responsibility for the high incidence and lack of control of the pandemic in the country, one of the most affected in the world and which already adds almost 480.000 deaths from covid-19 .

So far, the group of senators has found serious indications that the Government may have incurred in serious delays in the purchase of vaccines and that, in addition, it invested considerable public resources in the acquisition and distribution of remedies, such as chloroquine, whose effectiveness against the coronavirus is not proven.

The commission was created at the behest of the opposition, which has seven of its eleven members, and also investigates possible cases of corruption in the acquisition of medical supplies that would involve nine governors.

This Thursday the governor of the Amazon state, Wilson Lima, had to testify before the commission, who nevertheless presented a “habeas corpus” that prevented his appearance, because he is already being investigated in the courts for these alleged irregularities.

 

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