Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to paint himself as an anti-corruption crusader took another hit after police allegedly seized a bundle of banknotes between the clenched buttocks of one of his allies.
Chico Rodrigues, deputy head of the Brazilian president in the Senate, was allegedly captured Wednesday with his bundle hidden during a police search of his home. The raid was part of an operation against the suspected embezzlement of public funds to fight Covid-1
The Estado de São Paulo newspaper said two sources reported that 30,000 reais (more than £ 4,100) were hidden in the underpants of Rodrigues, a senator from the Amazon state of Roraima.
“To give you an idea of how absurd the situation was, some of the recovered notes were stained with feces “, reported Revista Crusoé, the conservative magazine that opened the story.
“It was a scene of considerable embarrassment,” Crusoé said of the moment police made his discovery while ransacking the senator’s home in Roraima’s capital, Boa Vista.
Brazilians share the news with the viral hashtag #PropinaNaBunda (A Bribe up the Bum). Many have suggested that the find would be remembered “in the anal of history “.
Rodrigues offered no immediate explanation for the contents of her underwear, but denied any allegations, suggesting that rivals were trying to tarnish her name.
“I have a clean background and a respectable life. I’ve never been involved in any kind of scandal, “the 69-year-old insisted.
Brazil’s far-right president won power in 2018 by vowing to eradicate political theft after what some have called the largest corruption investigation in history.
“I don’t think there are any [corruption] in my government, “Bolsonaro said Wednesday, threatening to deliver a” flying kick in the neck “to any crook politician.
His administration was haunted by scandals, including suspicions that one of his political sons, Flávio, had presided over a lengthy corruption racket. Flávio Bolsonaro denied these claims.