Brazilian senators investigating President Jair Bolsonaro's pandemic response have pulled back from charging him with mass homicide and genocide but appear to moving ahead with charges of crimes against humanity, CNN reports.
In a 1,200-page report, the Senate’s Pandemic Parliamentary Inquiry (CPI) found Bolsonaro’s policies were responsible for 300,000+ deaths—that’s half of the country’s COVID-19 deaths.
The process: The report is expected to be presented to the Senate today, and a vote will follow next week. After that, the attorney general has 30 days to decide whether to pursue criminal charges though that seems unlikely.
The genocide charges were tied to the mass deaths of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon where medical oxygen was unavailable, according to The New York Times.
Bolsonaro had long minimized COVID-19 and touted hydroxychloroquine, the medication shown to be ineffective against the coronavirus.
The Quote: "They want to accuse me of genocide. Now, tell me in what country people have not died? This CPI has no credibility," said Bolsonaro, who tested positive for COVID-19 last year.