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Sat May 23, 2020, 03:35 AM

Brazil: blow to Bolsonaro as judge orders release of expletive-ridden video

Source: Associated Press

Brazil: blow to Bolsonaro as judge orders release of expletive-ridden video

Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro
Sat 23 May 2020 02.00 BST
First published on Fri 22 May 2020 22.16 BST

An expletive-ridden video showing the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, expressing frustration at his inability to get information from police and vowing to change cabinet ministers if needed to protect his family has been released at the order of a supreme court justice in a new blow to the far-right president.

The two-hour video of a cabinet meeting, with portions redacted, was released as part of an inquiry into allegations that the president was trying to illegally interfere in a criminal investigation of his son, a claim made by the former justice minister Sergio Moro when he resigned last month.

The former minister told investigators that Bolsonaro openly demanded he make changes in key federal police positions, including the head of the agency as a whole. Moro resigned after Bolsonaro fired the federal police director-general without consulting him.

Bolsonaro has denied inappropriate pressure and insisted his quotes were misinterpreted.

The video shows the president complaining: “I already tried to change our security in Rio de Janeiro and I couldn’t. That is over. I’m not going to wait for [the federal police] to fuck my family and friends just for shits and giggles.”

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/bolsonaro-brazil-cabinet-video-court-judge

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