May 4, 2023: Brazil’s federal police raided ex President Jair Bolsonaro’s home in Brasilia on Wednesday as part of a probe into a team suspected of adding fake vaccine data into the administration’s Covid-19 database, two sources familiar with the matter said.
The sources added that two of Bolsonaro’s closest aides, Mauro Cid and Max Guilherme, arresting in the same operation.
The federal police in the day stated in a statement they were providing 16 search and seizure warrants and six preventative arrest permission in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro as part of the investigation but did not reveal the names of those aims.
Police stated that the “false data” were allegedly counted to the database between November 2021 and December of the next year, when Bolsonaro was ruling, to alter the immunization statuses of still unnamed people.
“As a result, they were able to allow vaccine certificates and utilize them to circumvent restrictions put by public authorities in Brazil and the United States,” police said, which adds the group had an “ideological reason” for doing so.
In the office, Bolsonaro was a vocal sceptic of Covid-19 vaccines who swore never to get the thrust.