Covid-19’s CPI comes to an end and Brazilian society can only thank you for your work. Thanks to them, Brazilians and Brazilians came to understand, in an unmistakable way, that the federal government’s denial of the pandemic was not just an idea based on bad information, it was a strategy carefully designed to profit, now with production and distribution of ineffective remedies against the disease, sometimes with the administration of vaccines (some of which are uncontroversial) acquired at overpriced prices, sometimes with lobbies of corporate segments of the medical area, all hypotheses to contemplate a single desire to enrich themselves in rivers of corruption made morbidly viable about the pain and suffering of the population.
The commission was prodigal in showing that empathy is not the strong point of those involved in national health, even less of the President of the Republic, for whom it makes no difference if tens or hundreds of thousands of people die as a result of his bad personal example, of his incessant strategy of disinformation or the political furies that feeds against all who, opposing the state of absurdity, try to take seriously the serious challenge of saving lives during the biggest collapse of the world’s health in decades.
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It is not by chance that he will probably be indicted for multiple crimes under the Penal Code: epidemic for the propagation of pathogenic germs resulting in death (art. 267); infringement of a preventive sanitary measure designed to prevent the introduction or spread of a contagious disease (art. 268); quackery (art. 283); danger to the life or health of others (art. 132); incitement to crime (art. 286); aggravated homicide (art. 121); homicide by omission (art. 121 c/c art. 13, § 2; 8); serious bodily injury (art. 129); ditto, by default; forgery of public and private documents (arts. 297 and 298), 11); irregular employment of public funds (art. 315); malfeasance (art. 319), not to mention crimes of responsibility for affronting several items of art. 85 of the Constitution, which involve crimes committed against probity, administration in general and public order.
Added together, the sentences would exceed 30 years in prison. It sounds like a lot, but it’s little. According to the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass), underreporting aside, the pandemic in Brazil has already had repercussions, until Monday (18), in 603,465 deaths, 21,651,910 cases, corresponding to approximately 14% and 10% of world numbers, absurd if one considers that the country does not have even 3% of the planet’s population.
Worse still, if it is remembered that Brazil had effective conditions to be one of the first nations in the world to initiate a vaccination strategy, which did not happen due to the manifest perversity of the federal government.
In short, all the aforementioned penalties, plus an impeachment and any compensation planned, would not be enough to adequately sanction the hecatomb promoted by the Brazilian president, a situation that would also not compensate for the cruelty carried out by his network of minions, inside and outside the government.
The country’s past history needs to be made known to the world. It is in the dock of the International Criminal Court that national psychopaths must answer for their crimes. The Brazilian slaughter was not the work of chance, an atrocious play of fate. It was an abominably rationalized hypothesis. It was a crime against humanity, it was genocide.
*Marcelo Uchôa is a professor at the University of Fortaleza. Doctor of Law. Member of the Brazilian Association of Jurists for Democracy (ABJD) – Núcleo Ceará and Grupo Prerogativas. Twitter/Instagram: @MarceloUchoa_
** This is an opinion piece. The author’s vision does not necessarily express the editorial line of the newspaper Brasil de Fato.
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