Brazil: STF brings criminal action against Bolsonaro for chloroquine
Brasilia, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Brazil´s Supreme Federal Court (STF) brought a criminal action against President Jair Bolsonaro for ordering to use chloroquine to treat Covid-19, it was confirmed today.
Judicial sources assured that STF Judge Rosa Weber was in charge of sending the edict to the Attorney General's Office after a lawsuit filed by the Partido Democrático Trabalhista (PDT) that considers the propaganda of a drug without proven efficacy as criminal.
After being filed, it is now up to the Attorney General Augusto Aras to decide whether or not to accuse the far-right president of the alleged crime, in addition to other appropriate measures such as opening an investigation.
The PDT indicted Bolsonaro for jeopardizing Brazilian people by advising to use chloroquine, without proven validity against Covid-19, as an early treatment to contain the serious symptoms of the disease that has to date claimed over 246,000 deaths and 10,000,000 infections in the South American country.
The PDT document also cited the alleged crimes related to federal coffers and tenders, due to public purchases made by the Government to produce chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine tablets.
Doctors specializing in infections said on January 19 that they suffer death threats from Bolsonaro´s supporters to formulate chloroquine or ivermectin treatments for Covid-19 patients.
'We are suffering constant death threats from people with negative behaviors (known as Bolsonaristas) not only me, but all directors of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, who do not support chloroquine, ivermectin and early treatment', Dr. Sérgio Cimerman stressed.
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