During a police raid on a Brazilian politician’s home for alleged misappropriation of public funds, it was found that he had cash hidden in his underwear, including notes between his buttocks.
Police found 10,000 reais ($ 2,516) and $ 6,000 ($ 8,400) in a safe in Mr. Rodrigues’ house AFRAt that point the politician asked if he could use the toilet. The police then noticed a rectangular bulge in the back of his pants.
Police then found stacks of money worth up to 15,000 reais ($ 3,774) near his buttocks. Mr Rodrigues was then asked three more times if he was hiding cash. At that point, he pulled out another stack of bills worth 17,900 reais ($ A4503). A subsequent search found another 250 reais ($ 62) in the Senator’s briefs.
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A report in Revista Crusoe alleged that officials found money “hidden under the senator’s clothes” and discovered cash hidden in Mr. Rodrigues’ underpants. The report added, “some of the recovered notes were stained with feces”.
In Brazil, the news quickly went viral and shared under the hashtag #PropinaNaBunda, which translates as “bribery in the A ***”.
The senator defended himself in a statement, saying, “My house was broken into for doing my job as a legislator and providing funds to the state to fight COVID-19.
“I believe in justice and will prove that I have nothing to do with illegal activities.”
Mr Rodrigues was later suspended from the Senate for 90 days because of the incident and resigned from his position as representative of the President on Thursday.
Mr Rodrigues said in a previous statement his political rivals may have been involved in a smear campaign.
“I have a clean background and a respectable life,” he said. “I’ve never been involved in a scandal.”
Mr Bolsonaro said Wednesday that he does not believe that there is any kind of corruption in his government.
The president said in comments on Wednesday that he would kick the neck of anyone found guilty of corruption in his government.
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