Brazilian senator is caught hiding cash 'between his buttocks'

Senator is caught hiding cash ‘between his buttocks’ as police raid his home in Brazilian corruption probe

  • Chico Rodrigues was found with 30,000 reais (more than £4,100) in cash 
  • Police raided the Brazilian senator’s home in the northern state of Roraima
  • President Bolsonaro later claimed ‘there’s no corruption in my government’

A Brazilian senator allied to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was reportedly caught hiding money ‘between his buttocks’ during a police investigation into the diversion of public funds set aside to fight coronavirus.

Officers raided the home of Chico Rodrigues in the northern state of Roraima, Brazil, on Wednesday as part of a corruption probe.

They found 30,000 reais (more than £4,100) in cash, part of which was discovered in Rodrigues’s underwear, including ‘between his buttocks,’ local media reported whilst quoting sources from the investigation. 

The federal police said they were trying to dismantle a ‘possible criminal scheme diverting public funds’ set aside to combat the coronavirus outbreak in Roraima state. 

Chico Rodrigues was found hiding cash ‘between his buttocks’ at his home in Roraima, Brazil

Rodrigues meanwhile issued a statement saying the police ‘did their job carrying out a search as part of an investigation in which I’m cited,’ although he made no mention of the cash nor where it was allegedly found.

He complained that he’d had his ‘home invaded just for doing my job as a legislator’ and insisted he had done nothing wrong. 

Bolsonaro accused the media of using the story to portray his government as corrupt.

‘This operation is a typical example that there’s no corruption in my government, that we’re tackling corruption no matter who it is,’ he said.

President Bolsonaro claimed there is ‘no corruption in my government’. Above, Bolsonaro delivers a speech at Planalto Palace, Brazil, on October 14

President Bolsonaro was elected in 2018 promising to eradicate corruption, but since he took office he has faced several scandals.   

They include an investigation into his son Flavio, who is accused of deviating public funds during his time as a Rio de Janeiro state legislator. Flavio Bolsonaro has denied those claims.

Bolsonaro is being investigated over accusations by his former justice minister, Sergio Moro, that the president tried to interfere with police probes to shield members of his family and friends.

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