A Brazilian senator was reportedly caught hiding money ‘between his buttocks’ during a police investigation into the diversion of public funds set aside to fight coronavirus in the South American country.
Authorities said they raided the home of Chico Rodrigues in the northern state of Roraima, Brazil, on Wednesday, October 14, as part of a corruption probe. During the raid, police found 30,000 reais (more than £4,100) in cash, part of which was discovered in Rodrigues’s underwear, including ‘between his buttocks,’ local media reported whilst quoting sources from the investigation. The federal police said they were trying to dismantle a ‘possible criminal scheme diverting public funds’ set aside to combat the coronavirus outbreak in Roraima state.
Confirming the raid, Sen. Rodrigues who is allied to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said in a statement that the police ‘did their job carrying out a search as part of an investigation in which I’m cited,’ but made no mention of the cash they found ‘between his buttocks.’ He also complained that he’d had his ‘home invaded just for doing his job as a legislator’ and insisted he’s innocent. President Bolsonaro accused the media of propaganda and portraying his government as corrupt.
‘This operation is a typical example that there’s no corruption in my government, that we’re tackling corruption no matter who it is,’ he said. President Bolsonaro was elected in 2018 is also being investigated over accusations by his former justice minister, Sergio Moro, that he tried to interfere with police probes to shield members of his family and friends.