After nearly six months of work in the Brazilian Senate, the COVID-19 Parliamentary Inquiry Commission is expected to present its final report next Tuesday.
Created to investigate the federal government’s management of the fight against the pandemic, the Inquiry is likely to ask for the indictment of President Jair Bolsonaro for the commission of 11 crimes, in addition to targeting the current Health Minister, Marcelo Queiroga, and former Minister Eduardo Pazuello.
If approved by a majority of the commission’s senators, the report will be sent to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR, in the acronym in Portuguese), which will have the task of conducting investigations into those indicted with privileged jurisdiction, such as President Bolsonaro, ministers and federal parliamentarians.
The report will also be forwarded to the 1st instance of the prosecutors of each state, which will have the task of carrying out the investigations involving other indictees.
Copies of the investigations will also be sent to the Federal Police and the Internal Revenue Service, in addition to the International Criminal Court, on account of the accusations of genocide of indigenous people and crimes against humanity.
Among the crimes that the Commission will list in Bolsonaro’s indictment request are “the crime of an epidemic resulting in death”, which is a crime provided for in the Brazilian Penal Code for those who cause or propagate the pandemic, and the “crime of breach of preventive sanitary measures “, also provided for in the Penal Code for anyone who “infringes a determination of public authority, aimed at preventing the introduction or spread of a contagious disease”.