صدى البلد البلد سبورت قناة صدى البلد صدى البلد جامعات صدى البلد عقارات
Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

Former Brazilian President Accused of Embezzling $3.2 Million in Jewels He Received from Saudi Arabia


jewelry

Sat 06 Jul 2024 | 09:28 PM
Waleed Farouk

Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro has reportedly been indicted for embezzlement over diamond jewelry that he received from Saudi Arabia.

During his time in office, the Saudi government gave Bolsonaro and his wife $3.2 millionworth of jewelry including a diamond necklace, a ring, luxury watches and earrings.

Customs officials seized some of the jewelry at Sao Paulo's international airport in 2021 when it was found in the backpack of a government aide returning from Riyadh.

Supreme Court Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes ordered an investigation and declared that some of the items had been sold and that the sale had not been declared.

security sources told the Associated Press and Reuters that Brazil's federal police indicted Bolsonaro for money laundering and criminal association in connection with the jewelry.

However, the Supreme Court has yet to receive the police report in order to move ahead.

Flavio Bolsonaro, the former president's eldest son and a sitting senator, claimed on social media that the news was an example of the "blatant and shameless" persecution of his father.

Police also indicted 10 others in addition to Bolsonaro, according to the reports. Two of them were Bolsonaro's lawyers, Frederick Wassef and Fabio Wajngarten.

"I am going through all of this solely for practicing law in defense of Jair Bolsonaro," Wassef said in a statement.

Wajngarten meanwhile said that police found no evidence implicating him.

"The Federal Police knows I did nothing related to what they are investigating, but they still want to punish me because I provide unwavering and permanent defense for former President Bolsonaro," he said on social media.