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Legislators from Bolsonaro’s party investigate, but many observers say it’s impossible to charge the 63-year-old with genocide or war crimes
Documents leaked by an anti-corruption prosecutor include a 2007 parliamentary report that accuses Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against Brazilian Muslims during the country’s military dictatorship.
After being kept off-limits to the press in advance of his inauguration, the documents about charges filed against Bolsonaro were published by the Globo newspaper in Brazil.
They appear to confirm a long-standing prosecutor’s charge that Bolsonaro, who came to power this week, was one of the most corrupt politicians in the country at the time.
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The chief prosecutor, Raquel Dodge, wrote in the 2007 parliamentary report that members of Bolsonaro’s political party “were behind the military dictatorship in a manner that was unprecedented”.
Bolsonaro, 63, took the oath of office as Brazil’s president on Wednesday with the oath of “respect for the Constitution”. Dodge said in a statement that despite this he lied about his own role during the dictatorship.
Legislators from Bolsonaro’s party investigated, but most observers say it’s impossible to charge the conservative politician with genocide or war crimes.
No case can be brought against a president if the allegations are ruled to be politically motivated.
Bolsonaro would be safe only if an investigation finds he was in possession of illegal funds, or was involved in a plot against him, or if his actions constitute a crime against humanity, as defined by international law, Dodge said.
However, “given Bolsonaro’s participation in several criminal acts, he would remain protected”, the prosecutor added.
Dodge opened an investigation against the presidential candidate last year and cited his refusal to be interrogated as a reason.