A Brazilian lawmaker, one of the allies of President Jair Bolsonaro, stepped down from his post and was suspended from the Senate, after he was caught hiding money in his underwear, including “between his buttocks” during a police raid. The police raid was carried out to probe the alleged misappropriation of coronavirus funds in Brazil.
The police found 30,000 reales ($5,300, part of which was discovered in Chico Rodrigues’s underwear, including “between his buttocks”, AFP reported, quoting sources from the investigation.
According to the police report, during the raid, the lawmaker asked if he could use the bathroom. As Rodrigues walked away, a police officer noticed a large, rectangular bulge under Chico Rodrigues’s shorts, according to a report in AP.
Meanwhile, Chico Rodrigues issued a statement, saying his house was raided for doing his job as a lawmaker. The Brazilian lawmaker also insisted that he has nothing to with any “illicit act”.
“My home was invaded for having done my job as a lawmaker, getting resources for the state to combat coronavirus,” Rodrigues said in a statement. “I believe in justice and I will prove that I have nothing to do with any illicit act.”
He, however, made no mention of the incident or where the money was found.
As the report started doing rounds, President Jair Bolsonaro accused the media of using the story to portray his government as corrupt. “This operation is a typical example that there’s no corruon in my government, that we’re tackling corruon no matter who it is,” AFP quoted him as saying.
Following the raid and recovery of the money, Chico Rodrigues was suspended from the Senate.
(With inputs from AP