The Brazilian public prosecutor’s office announced, Friday, July 2, “The opening of an investigation” on the charges against President Jair Bolsonaro: he allegedly failed to report an attempted corruption in his government during the purchase of vaccines against Covid-19.
“In a notice published this Friday morning, the Attorney General’s office informed the Supreme Court of the opening of an investigation into the reported events” by three senators who accused Mr. Bolsonaro on Monday of “Prevarication”, said the prosecution in a statement.
This request is based on the testimony, on June 25, of an official of the Ministry of Health and his deputy brother, who had the effect of a bomb during a hearing before this commission. This official, Luis Ricardo Miranda, responsible for medical imports at the ministry, had seen on March 18 land on his desk a suspicious invoice of 45 million dollars for three million doses of the Covaxin vaccine, from the Indian laboratory Bharat Biotech.
An invoice without vaccine and without approval
Intriguing signals then alert Mr. Miranda, who refuses to authorize the payment. No vaccine had been delivered, and Covaxin had not received approval from health authorities. Moreover, the contract – totaling $ 300 million – nowhere mentioned Madison Biotech, the Singaporean firm that sent the invoice and appeared to be a shell company. The deal was all the more astonishing given that the president had in the past rejected offers for cheaper and more effective vaccines.
Mr Miranda had immediately expressed his concerns to his brother, MP Luis Miranda, a supporter of Jair Bolsonaro. They then reportedly met the president on March 20 in Brasilia. According to the brothers’ statements to the ICC, the president had assured them that he would forward the case to the federal police, which he apparently never did, and led senators to ask for the opening of the trial on Monday. an investigation.