In an interview with Brazil in fact, former Health Minister Arthur Chioro analyzed the work of Covid’s Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI) carried out so far and the directions that will be taken based on the investigations.
For Chioro, considered an interlocutor among the CPI senators, the parliamentarians should have listened to more military personnel.
“I think there was a lack of people sitting in that chair, among them some military leaders who work in a circle very close to Bolsonaro who have great responsibility. Braga Netto, for example. It seems to me that it would have been extremely important for them to have been called to provide clarifications, given the participation they had”, said Chioro.
Defense Minister General Braga Netto is considered one of the influential people between the Ministry of Health, which was at the head of the Civil House during the longest period of the new coronavirus pandemic in the country, and President Jair Bolsonaro (non-party).
This Tuesday (28), senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), vice president of the commission, stated that there is no majority among the holders of the CPI for the approval of Netto’s summons. In addition to the four government senators, Marcos Rogério, Luis Carlos Heinze, Eduardo Girão and Jorginho Mello, three others are against the call of Braga Netto: Otto Alencar, Eduardo Braga and Tasso Jereissati.
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Settlement of accounts with history
Chioro also commented on the concrete results of the CPI. The former minister stated that he has always remained relatively skeptical about the possibility of an impeachment, based on the commission’s work. The impediment can come through two ways with the presentation of the report. The first is through the Chamber of Deputies, if any crime of responsibility is pointed out. The second is through the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), headed by prosecutor Augusto Aras, in case of common crime.
But for Chioro, both paths have proved innocuous. “What I think it may have is the Chamber of Deputies all the time, in particular the conservative leadership of the Centrão, blackmailing the government to increase the benefits. On the other hand, there is a PGR that has very strong links with the president, almost reproducing the strategy of the general drawer”.
More or later, however, Chioro believes, “Brazil will have to settle accounts with its history of more than 600,000 dead”. And perhaps in this fact, from 2023 onwards, “the great fear of Bolsonaro, of his children and supporters resides”. For the former minister, the country cannot accept an amnesty for deniers.
International Criminal Court
With the two most obvious avenues proving infeasible, Chioro points to a case against President Bolsonaro at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the judicial body of the United Nations (UN), in The Hague, Netherlands
If there is no referral from the point of view of the investigation at the national level, the international court will proceed with the consequences. And we know that there are several heads of nation who have perpetrated crimes against humanity and were convicted by the International Criminal Court,” says Chioro, who sees the court as a fate for Bolsonaro.
“He doesn’t deserve another one. The execration not only national but also international and the verification of its responsibilities, because there is no doubt. We would, unfortunately, have many losses, but epidemiological studies indicate that this set of positions adopted by the government, this denial of business lurking, produced at least around 440,000 avoidable deaths.”
Edition: Anelize Moreira