“I believe in justice and I will prove that I have nothing to do with any illicit act.”
In rather bizarre circumstances, a renowned Brazillian politician, Senator Chico Rodrigues has been arrested after anti-corruption officers discovered a wad of banknotes in the underpants he was wearing. Senator Chico Rodrigues is a key ally of Brazil’s president, Mr. Jair Bolsonaro
It is reported that after the initial search, police found 10,000 reais (£1,380) and £4,650 inside a safe in Senator Chico Rodrigues’ house during a search on Wednesday.
It was then that he asked if he could to the bathroom – and according to the police report, an officer noticed a large, rectangular bulge under the senator’s shorts as he walked off.
The report stated, “Found inside his underwear, near his buttocks, were stacks of money that totaled 15,000 reais (£2,000)“.
When asked a further three times whether he had any additional cash stowed in his underpants, the senator responded angrily and shoved his hand into his underwear to retrieve more stacks of bills totalling 17,900 reais (£2,500).
A subsequent search turned up another 250 reais (£35).
Chico Rodrigues, who doubles as deputy leader in the Senate, has now been suspended.
The search in his house is part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged misappropriation of COVID-19 funds for which he had been targeted.
Rodrigues said in a statement: “My home was invaded for having done my job as a lawmaker, getting resources for the state to combat COVID-19.
Even in this dire situation, he still maintains that he has nothing wrong. “I believe in justice and I will prove that I have nothing to do with any illicit act.”
Following the arrest of Rodrigues, President Bolsonaro stated that Brazil is combating corruption and therefore, it makes no difference who the person is.
Mr. Bolsonaro won the Brazilian presidency in large part due to his vow to take on crime and corruption.
But since then, his administration has been marred after his justice minister, Sergio Moro, resigned earlier this year – alleging the president had sought to intervene improperly in the federal police.
There are also investigations under way that target the president’s sons, who are both lawmakers.