Lawsuits against Bolsonaro’s Coronavirus Response Jam Courts, Pressure Prosecutor General

Prosecutor General Augusto Aras has his independence challenged even by colleagues. Attorneys, NGOs and politicians accuse the president of public health crime.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In addition to contaminating thousands of people in Brazil, the coronavirus pandemic has flooded the desks of judges, appellate courts and higher tribunals with lawsuits ranging from the release of prisoners to requests for investigations into President Jair Bolsonaro. There are more than 20 lawsuits dealing with Covid-19 at the Fedeal Supreme Court (STF).

In the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), there have already been 1,145 single-judge decisions on the issue by Wednesday, April 1st. In lower courts, there are hundreds of lawsuits. There are even cases brought by political opponents of the . . .

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