An informed judicial source said that the Brazilian police, yesterday, Wednesday, arrested a member of the Brazilian Senate, who was hiding money between his buttocks, as part of an investigation into the misuse of funds allocated to confront the Corona crisis.
Chico Rodriguez is a senator from the Brazilian state of Roraima, and he was also chosen as vice chair of the program developed by the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro won the presidency based on his campaign focus on eradicating the corruption of previous governments.
In a statement, Rodriguez confirmed the raid on his home, but did not provide details. He denied any wrongdoing and said that he had been clean throughout his 30-year political career.
His office did not respond to a request for comment about the money in his pants, in a story that garnered wide coverage in major Brazilian newspapers, citing unspecified sources.
The Federal Police refused to comment, citing the secrecy of the investigations.
The police said in a statement yesterday, Wednesday, that they raided as part of an investigation after allegations of misuse of funds directed to the Ministry of Health in the state of Roraima to confront the Corona epidemic.
On Thursday, Bolsonaro said the police raid was evidence that his government was fighting illegal gain.
He told supporters outside his official residence: “There is no corruption in my government. We fight corruption and the corrupt, whoever they are.”
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