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Bolsonaro should face pandemic murder charges, Brazilian lawmakers say

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One of the four senators on the committee supporting the president is his son, Flavio Bolsonaro. The report he will vote on next week will also recommend criminal charges against him.

In addition to the murder and genocide charges, the report recommends nine additional charges against Bolsonaro, including falsification of documents and “crimes against humanity.”

If the report is approved, Brazil’s attorney general will have 30 days to decide whether to file criminal charges against Bolsonaro and the others named in the report. Brazil’s lower house in Congress would also have to approve the charges against Bolsonaro. De Souza said the outcome was unlikely: Bolsonaro appointed the attorney general, who remains his supporter, and his supporters control the lower house.

Calheiros said that if the attorney general did not press charges against the president, the Senate committee would seek other possible legal avenues, including in the Supreme Court of Brazil and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

If Bolsonaro is formally charged, he will be suspended from office for 180 days while the Supreme Court decides the case, said Irapuã Santana, a law professor at Rio de Janeiro State University. If convicted, he would be barred from the presidency for eight years and face years in prison, Santana said. There is no death penalty in Brazil.

Bolsonaro, Brazil’s 38th president, would not be the first to face murder charges. Brazil’s thirteenth president, Washington Luis, was arrested and charged with murder in 1930 after the murder of an opposition politician, Santana said. Once Mr. Luis was deposed, the military took control and installed a political rival as president.

The three presidents who preceded Bolsonaro have also had their own legal troubles.

Michael Temer, a center-right president, was arrested on corruption charges that were later dropped. Dilma Rousseff, the first woman president of Brazil, was accused in 2016 of having manipulated the federal budget. And Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a leftist who led the country from 2003 to 2010, served 19 months in prison on corruption charges. They were scrapped this year and he now leads Bolsonaro in the polls in the 2022 presidential race.

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