Brasilia (EFE).- Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro answered “all” the questions from the Federal Police about the jewels he received from Saudi Arabia and that he kept after leaving power without being authorized to do so.
Bolsonaro’s statement “passed in an absolutely calm manner, having responded to all the inquiries made by the Federal Police. It was a very good opportunity to clarify the facts,” said former minister Fabio Wajngarten, a close associate of the former president, on social media.
The interrogation lasted about three hours at the Federal Police headquarters in Brasilia, where Bolsonaro entered and left in a car, without being seen and without making any statements.
The Police summon Bolsonaro to give explanations about the three packages of jewels received as a gift by the Saudi Arabian authorities throughout his term (2019-2022).
Bolsonaro appropriated two of those sets, valued at $100,000 and $75,000 respectively, which he should have delivered to the State.
A third set of jewelry, with an estimated value of $3.2 million, seized at customs at the Guarulhos international airport in Sao Paulo.
That package, found in the backpack of an adviser who was part of the Bolsonaro delegation, who tried to introduce the jewels into the country without declaring them.
Interrogation of Bolsonaro over Saudi jewels
The ex-president’s lawyers, who ensure that Bolsonaro did not commit any illegality, have deposited the two packages of jewels that were in the possession of the far-right leader in a public bank, at the request of the Court of Auditors.
Bolsonaro’s interrogation occurred after he returned to Brazil last Thursday, after having spent three months in the United States.
Since he left power on January 1, Bolsonaro has been out of control, so he can respond in the common Justice to the various cases in which he is investigated.
For spreading false information and alleged economic and power abuses, among other causes.
Five processes remain in the Supreme Court, one of which tries to determine the intellectual authorship of the assault on the headquarters of the three powers of the Nation.
Perpetrated on January 8 by thousands of Bolsonaristas, to try to force a coup against the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.